Harrisonburg police arrest suspect in hit-and-run of cyclist

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — UPDATE (April 19):

Harrisonburg police have arrested a suspect in a hit-and-run that sent a 38-year-old bicyclist to the hospital with severe injuries earlier this week.

According to the Harrisonburg Police Department, 35-year-old Dashawn A. Baird, of Staunton, is charged with hit and run.

Police say Baird was the driver of a box truck that ran into a bicyclist in the 1000 block of South High Street (Route 42) around 6 a.m. on Tuesday and then fled the scene.

The cyclist had to be airlifted to UVA Medical Center with serious injuries.

If you have any information related to the hit-and-run, you're asked to contact the Harrisonburg Police Department Major Crimes Unit at 540-437-2640. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Solvers by calling 540-574-5050 or by texting “HPD” plus a tip to CRIMES (274637).

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ORIGINAL STORY (April 16):

The Harrisonburg Police Department is searching for the driver of a box truck after a hit-and-run involving a bicyclist on Tuesday morning.

Around 6 a.m. on Tuesday, police, along with the Harrisonburg Fire Department and Harrisonburg Rescue Squad, were called to the 1000 block of South High Street (Route 42) for a report of a person struck by a vehicle.

The incident had happened just across from Rocking R Ace Hardware.

Investigators determined that a 38-year-old man riding a bicycle was hit by a box truck, and the truck driver fled the scene.

The bicyclist suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to the UVA Medical Center for treatment.

According to police, the suspect vehicle is described as a box truck that will have front end damage, possibly missing a headlight from the collision.

If you have any information related to the hit-and-run or think you've seen the box truck involved, you're asked to contact the Harrisonburg Police Department Major Crimes Unit at 540-437-2640. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Solvers by calling 540-574-5050 or by texting “HPD” plus a tip to CRIMES (274637)