On Saturday, July 22, the driver of a 1990’s era light colored Dodge Durango swerved twice into a group of 4 cyclists on Colebrook Road near Palmyra, sending one to the hospital and causing injuries to two of the other riders. The driver left the scene at high speed, fishtailing his vehicle as he left. The hit appears to be intentional.
On Monday, July 31, Bicycle South Central PA placed 3 red bikes near the scene of the crime to raise awareness of the cyclists that were injured there and of the need for all road users to treat each other with respect. About 100 spectators came to the Red Bike Dedication, most of them on bikes, and there was plentiful media coverage of this event. The plea was made to people to help find the hit-and-run driver of the Durango, who is still at a large. The bikes were removed on Aug. 14 as a courtesy to the property owner who generously allowed the bikes to be placed there for two weeks.
Riders Ted Mengel, Gary Lauerman and Ted Achorn have been working tirelessly to help their friend, Tom Bay, who remains in serious condition at Hershey Medical Center. The force of the SUV pushed Tom’s femur into his pelvis, fracturing his pelvis. Blood clots that formed in his heart during recovery required open-heart surgery to remove. Recovery will be a long and slow process for Tom.
PA Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for the apprehension of the hit-and-run driver. Please keep your eyes open for the light colored Durango which may have a dented and scratched area on the right side and front bumper of the vehicle.
Anonymous tips can be sent to PA Crime Stoppers https://www.crimewatchpa.com/crimestoppers/316 or you can contact the South Londonderry Police. PA Crime Stoppers does accept donations towards rewards, although the donations cannot be designated for specific cases.
Follow HBC and BSCPA on Facebook for updates on this horrible incident and for progress reports on apprehending the driver as well as Tom’s rehab updates.