Police in Indiana, USA, have said that a bicycle was stolen from the victim of a hit and run incident minutes after the fatal collision.
Nicholas James Mruk, aged 24, had been riding on Hand Road, northwest of Fort Wayne, shortly before 8pm on the evening of Monday 31 October when he was struck by an unidentified vehicle, with the motorist failing to stop.
The Allen County Sheriff’s Department said that officers and medical staff were called but found the cyclist dead at the scene.
Witnesses told police that before their arrival, the driver of a second vehicle, possibly a dark-coloured minivan, had stopped, and that the victim’s bike was taken.
Police have appealed for anyone with information about the drive and vehicle involved in the original collision, or the second vehicle, to get in touch immediately.
While not mentioned in the police report, it is possible that the bicycle could provide vital clues to the vehicle involved in the fatal crash, for example through paint fragments left on the frame.
A coroner’s report following an autopsy said that Mr Mruk died due to “blunt force trauma due to motor vehicle crash” and gave the manner of death as “accident.”
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.