UPDATED: Wednesday, April 14, at 11:21 a.m.
The East Lansing Police Department is seeking information to help identify a car involved in a hit-and-run crash with a bicycle that took place on Friday morning (April 9) at the intersection of Abbot Road and Saginaw Street.
According to a Facebook post on the ELPD page, officers responded to the incident around 7:40 a.m. on Friday. The post continued, noting the cyclist, ultimately identified as Kris Green, “was found on scene” but the vehicle — a small, dark colored SUV — had left the area. The SUV was last seen heading eastbound from the area (presumably down Saginaw Street, which goes east and west), according to the ELPD post.
ELPD is requesting that any witnesses of the crash, or anyone with information about the SUV or its driver, contact the police by calling 517-319-6897 or 517-351-4220 ext 2. Refence traffic crash case #2136400886.
UPDATE: ELPD confirmed with ELi that cyclist suffered significant injuries as a result of the collision.
Additionally, a GoFundMe — organized by a Heather Green — was setup over the weekend to help cover medical expenses for Green.
The description of the fundraiser reads, in part, that Green “was riding his bike before his shift started at the local Walmart. Someone who probably panicked while running a yellow light, hit him head on with their dark colored SUV. Kris clung to the hood for dear life, locked eyes with the driver, then was cast off the front of the vehicle and left for dead in the street as the perpetrator drove away. Kris Green is a hard working man with three grown daughters and 7 grandchildren. We’re all very worried as Kris has suffered grave injuries and has already started the long bumpy road to recovering from a shattered ankle, broken legs, a broken hip, broken ribs, and a punctured lung.”
The post continues, noting that Green does not have medical insurance and is going to be saddled with notable medical bills. As of this update, the GoFundMe has raised $3,986 toward to the goal of $5,000.
An update posted on Tuesday, written by a Ken Green, shared information from Green in the hospital.
“Kris says that the vehicle was a small to mid-sized black or dark blue SUV. It will probably have some front end and hood damage from impact with Kris and his bike. The driver was 20’s Male and was dark in complexion. The police are trying to identify leads. We need your help, spread the word just in case someone out there knows something, no tip is too small. Kris has been moved to the in-hospital rehab and will begin the arduous rehabilitation process. He is alert and aware but in pain. Kris wants everyone to know how grateful he his for the prayers and well-wishes,” the update read.