Friday, Oct. 8, 2010 | 11:59 a.m.
A bicyclist was seriously injured this morning when he was hit by a driver who left the scene in northwest Las Vegas.
Metro Police said Hugh Wenglare, 51, of Las Vegas, was riding a silver and blue Mongoose mountain bike at 3:23 a.m. north on Durango Drive near Red Coach Avenue, which is between Craig Road and Lone Mountain Road.
An unknown vehicle, possibly a sport utility vehicle or pickup truck, hit the cyclist from behind, police said.
The vehicle then drove onto the sidewalk, hit a streetlight and returned to the road with the streetlight attached to the vehicle, police said. The streetlight fell from the vehicle and the vehicle left the scene before police arrived.
Wenglare, who wasn't wearing a helmet, was thrown from the bicycle and taken to University Medical Center with serious injuries, police said.
The vehicle is believed to be black or have black trim. Police said it would have noticeable damage to the front and possibly the top from the collision and is missing a chrome side-view mirror from the passenger side of the vehicle. It also may have damage to the passenger side headlight, investigators said.
Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to call Metro’s Accident Investigation Section, 828-3538, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555 or visit www.crimestoppersofnv.com. Tips directly leading to an arrest or an indictment processed through Crime Stoppers may result in a cash reward.