Bluffton bike rider in serious condition after Sunday hit-and-run

astice@islandpacket.comSeptember 11, 2012 

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    Anyone with information about the crash or a gray Mitsubishi Eclipse that might have been involved should call the S.C. Highway Patrol at 843-953-6000 or 1-800-768-1506 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

A cyclist injured when a car hit him along S.C. 46 on Sunday night remains in serious condition at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, a hospital spokesman said Tuesday.

Kerry Hubbard, 48, of Bluffton was struck by an oncoming vehicle just before 9 p.m. near the intersection of Rose Dhu Creek Plantation Drive. He was airlifted by a LifeStar helicopter to the hospital.

Hubbard was riding east on the shoulder of the westbound lanes, facing oncoming traffic, said Cpl. Bob Beres of the S.C. Highway Patrol. The car, believed to be a gray Mitsubishi Eclipse, was traveling west when it drifted off the right side of the road into the shoulder, striking Hubbard. The driver then drove off before authorities arrived, Beres said.

Hubbard had reflectors on his bicycle, was wearing light-colored clothing and had a flashlight inside the basket on his bicycle, Beres said.

Cycling advocates expressed dismay at news of the crash. Frank Babel, founder of Hilton Head Island's Squeaky Wheels Cycling Advocacy Group, said it is the fourth crash involving cyclists along S.C. 46 since spring.

Attempts to reach Hubbard's relatives were unsuccessful Tuesday.

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