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Publish Date: 5/4/2005

City police seek driver in hit and run


LONGMONT — Police are seeking the public’s help in finding a driver suspected of hitting a pedestrian and leaving the scene Friday.

Jeffrey West, 30, of Berthoud had left Albertsons at 17th Avenue and Main Street and was walking to his car when he was hit, he said Tuesday. The rear wheel well of a dual-rear-wheel pickup truck hit him on his right side, West said.

The driver slowed down and even stopped, but when he saw he hit someone, “he hit the gas and took off out of there,” West said.

A witness tried to chase down the offender, but he got away, police said.

West suffered bruises, but the accident aggravated a pre-existing spinal injury, he said. Just one day earlier, West was at Longmont United Hospital, receiving three epidural injections so he could walk, he said. Because of the accident, he has to see a specialist Friday, West said.

The pickup truck is described as a green, extended-cab, dual-rear-wheel Chevrolet or GMC, made between 1988 and 1998, police said. The truck did not have a tailgate. Mud covered the license plate, making it unreadable.

A man was driving the truck, police said.

West had crossed in front of the truck, in a crosswalk, after he left the story, he said. As he walked up the aisle, the truck drove by and hit him, he said.

Anyone with information about this accident, or who may see this vehicle, is asked to call Longmont Police Officer Dave Yocum at 303-774-4300.

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