Police in Macoupin County are investigating an apparent hit and run accident on Sunday involving a rider taking part in the Bike MS event. The bicyclist was taken to Staunton Memorial Hospital for treatment then later airlifted to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.
The Macoupin County Sheriff's Office says it received a 911 call around 9:45am Sunday regarding the bicyclist being struck about a 1/2 mile north of the Staunton Country Club on Illinois Route 4. Sheriff Shawn Kahl tells the Big Z the cyclist was riding by himself when he was hit:
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But Kahl says while at the hospital, the responding deputy spoke to someone who claims they witnessed front end damage to a vehicle that was last seen traveling south on Route 4 near the time of the accident. The vehicle is described as a maroon Honda or Hyundai SUV with a white male driver in his 40s behind the wheel. Kahl says they'd like to speak to the driver. Anyone with information on the incident should call the Macoupin County Sheriff's Department at 217-854-3135. We've reached out to a spokesperson for the Bike MS event and are awaiting comment on the incident.