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Update: Hit & Run driver injures cyclist

By Cade Fowler - bio | email

LEE COUNTY, GA (WALB) – A Lee County man remains hospitalized after he was struck by a hit and run driver while riding his bicycle Tuesday night.

Phoebe Putney memorial Hospital said that Jeffery Haire was in good condition Wednesday morning.

Residents along Old Leesburg Road heard the crash happen around 8:20. Several people ran to the victim's aid - soon realizing it was their neighbor - Jeffery Haire who was lying injured on the ground.

"He rides his bike to work everyday. He works at Procter & Gamble. He rides day and night," said neighbor Todd Fallin.

He lives next door to Haire and says he was just a short ride from his home between Fowler Drive and Remington Court when a northbound driver struck the bike from behind.

An experienced cyclist, Haire was wearing a reflective vest and his bike was equipped with safety features.

"He wears safety equipment. He has lights," Fallin said.

While Haire laid on the side of the road the driver kept going, even while part of the bike was lodged under the vehicle. Tire marks show just how far it traveled before the bike became dislodged.

"This is a 55 zone, they were probably going that or more," Fallin said.

Troopers gathered debris from the scene that came off the hit and run vehicle. They're working to find out what make and model it came from.

Meantime, Haire's neighbors share the same thoughts about the driver who injured their friend and drove off.

"I just hope they catch whoever did it. They drug a bike 500 yards down the road under their vehicle and it's a yellow bike, so they know they hit somebody and they didn't stop," said Fallin.

As of late Tuesday, Troopers had not confirmed if the hit and run vehicle had been located.

Troopers say witnesses were unable to get a good look at the vehicle involved.

Haire was wearing a helmet and is listed in fair condition at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

 

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