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San Angelo police identify man arrested for hit & run of bicyclist

SAN ANGELO, Texas - San Angelo police have identified the driver involved in Friday's hit-and-run crash that injured a cyclist.

Police say Matias Escalante, 51, of San Angelo has been charged with accident involving serious bodily injury, a third-degree felony.

According to police, Escalante struck 49-year-old bicyclist Pedro Lozano Jr. in the 5400 block of Link Road.

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Police are asking the public for help in finding a high-and-run driver who hit a cyclist in south San Angelo on Friday night.

The accident occurred about 6:30 p.m. in the 5400 block of Link Road.

A 49-year-old San Angelo man was taken to San Angelo Community Medical Center "for treatment of incapacitating injuries," a police department news release said Tuesday.

Police say the victim was "struck from behind by a black or dark colored, two-door Chevrolet Camaro.

"The vehicle had a distinct red, white, and blue heart-shaped sticker on the back window as well as two yellow possible flag-type bumper stickers," the release said, noting the vehicle's mirror broke.

Police are requesting anyone with information to call Officer Steve Quade at (325) 657-4253.

"To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 , via text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts, or by phone at 1-855-TIPS-247," the release said.

KTXS will provide additional details as they become available.

 

News release from the San Angelo Police Department:

San Angelo Police are searching for a hit and run driver who struck a cyclist in south San Angelo Friday night.

On the evening of March 10, 2017, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 5400 block of Link Road for the report of a hit and run crash involving a cyclist.

The victim, a 49-year-old San Angelo man, was transported to San Angelo Community Medical Center for treatment of incapacitating injuries. 

A witness to the crash told Police the cyclist was traveling north in the 5400 block of Link Road when he was struck from behind by a black or dark colored, two-door, Chevrolet Camaro.  The vehicle had a distinct red, white, and blue heart-shaped sticker on the back window as well as two yellow possible flag-type bumper stickers.  The crash occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m.

The force of the collision caused the vehicle’s passenger side mirror to break.  The mirror indicates the Camaro is a 2010-2015 model.

If you recognize this vehicle or have any information about the vehicle or driver’s whereabouts, please call the Department’s Hit and Run Investigator, Officer Steve Quade, at (325) 657-4253.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 , via text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts, or by phone at 1-855-TIPS-247.


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