The bicyclist who was victim in a hit-and-run on October 3 in Chapel Hill is the latest example of the risks bikers take in sharing the road with cars and trucks. According to local police, the biker was pedaling north on the 500 block of Hillsborough Street close to Bolinwood Drive when the driver of a small light-colored SUV attempted to pass. Unfortunately, the driver hit the cyclist, perhaps damaged his or her front end, but did not stop to lend assistance or share information. The injured biker was taken to a UNC Hospital, but is not being identified at this time. The victim's injuries don't appear to be life threatening.
Fortunately, most vehicle drivers are honest and level-headed enough to not flee the scene of a crime, particularly when there is an injury. While there are no statistics on the number of hit and runs involving bicycles, The North Carolina Department of Transportation's report on bike crashes states that there were 1024 accidents across North Carolina in 2012 with more than two-thirds occurring in urban settings. This total includes 39 disabling injuries and 27 fatalities.