OAKLAND -- Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $5,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the suspect in a hit-and-run bicycle accident last month.
The suspect vehicle is a 2010 black four-door Volkswagen Jetta. The motorist hit a man riding his bicycle in the 6600 block of Broadway near Caldecott Field before speeding off at 9:32 a.m. on June 7.
Police said that the impact was strong enough to have damaged the car's front and right side and to have left the right side mirror dangling.
The 53-year-old victim was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, including a fractured pelvis, three broken vertebrae in his lower back and multiple torn ligaments in his left knee.
"Physically, the first weeks were pretty rough," the victim said. "There was a lot of pain in my pelvis in bed. It felt like I was lying on a baseball or tennis ball in my left-hand side."
His recovery will take "months and months," his wife said.
"If someone hadn't come along the road, he would have died," she said. "Whoever hit him, if someone hadn't cleaned up after them, they would have made me a widow."
The victim and his wife are posting fliers at nearby buildings and sending letters to car repair shops to ask if a car matching the description has come in and to note the offered reward. If the suspect is caught, the couple said they will double the reward to $10,000.
The police are looking into a North Oakland Little League Baseball game that took place at the nearby sporting field at the same time.
"It's pretty shocking someone would hit someone and then just drive off," his wife said.
Shocking but not uncommon. About 40 percent of accidents in Oakland are hit-and-run said Officer Greg Bellusa, lead investigator on the case.
"Unfortunately, it takes a while for people's consciences to catch up with them and do the right thing and turn themselves in," he said, "but we have hope."
Anyone with information may contact Oakland Police at 510-750-6594.