Berkeley Police Still Looking for Hit-and-Run Driver

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Monday March 15, 2010 - 09:32:00 PM

Berkeley police are still looking for a hit-and-run suspect who struck a bicyclist at Sixth and Hearst streets Friday morning.  

Sgt. Lindenau of the Berkeley Police Department said that Berkeley police units responded to the scene, where they found the man lying on the ground bleeding. The condition of the bicyclist is unknown.  

Berkeley Police Department spokesperson Officer Andrew Frankel said that a 33-year-old female bicyclist who was riding eastbound on Hearst was struck by a 1990s brown GMC pick-up truck with a white tool box traveling westbound on Sixth. 

The truck driver was about to make a southbound turn on Sixth when it collided with the bicyclist. 

Frankel said police were looking for the driver, who fled the scene. He was described as a white male in his fifties, 5’ 9”, salt and pepper hair, wearing a tan coat and jeans. 

Frankel said the victim, whose name is not being released, was transported to Alta Bates Hospital where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries. 

No other details were available as of Monday. 

The incident came three days after an Oakland woman was killed in a pedestrian fatality by a pick up truck in South Berkeley. The driver was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.  

The Planet reported this week that records from the state Office of Traffic Safety show that Berkeley has consistently been one of the least safe—and in some cases the most unsafe—places in California for bicyclists and pedestrians for the last several years.