Police seek hit-and-run driver who injured GR bicyclist

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Police are looking for a hit-and-run driver who injured a bicyclist in Grand Rapids.

The crash happened on Fuller Avenue near the entrance to eastbound I-196 around 11 p.m. Thursday.

Investigators say a 32-year-old Grand Rapids man on a bicycle was riding northbound through a green signal when a SUV traveling southbound on Fuller turned left in front of the bicyclist and hit him.

The bicyclist was thrown from the bike. The suspect drove away from the scene, dragging the bicycle down the eastbound ramp.

The bicyclist, identified in a GoFundMe account as Nick Szczepaniuk, was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening head and back injuries. Family members identified the victim as Nick Szczepaniuk. His father says he fractured four vertebrae and two ribs, and has hip injuries.

Police are looking for a 2002-2005 maroon Ford Explorer with front grill damage, as well as green paint from the bike.

Anyone with information is asked to call MSP trooper David Ybarra at 616.866.6670.



GoFundMe page for Nick Szczepaniuk

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