Selma Police announced today (Thursday) they are now offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in a hit and run accident that left a motorcyclist with critical injuries.
It happened at 4:13pm, last Wednesday, April 24th on Highway 301 North (N. Pollock Street) at Richardson Street. A 43 year-old Selma man was traveling northbound on his 2000 Harley Davidson motorcycle when he was struck from behind by a faster moving Chevy Malibu. The impact ejected the motorcyclist onto the pavement. The car then ran over the bike and victim, dragging them 32 feet.
Police said the driver stopped momentarily, looked at the injured victim, made eye contact with an eyewitness, then jumped back the Malibu and sped away.
Police estimate the motorcycle was traveling at approximately 35mph when it was hit from behind by the Malibu, which was traveling at least 45mph.
Police Captain J.A. Hughes said they have tracked down several leads since JoCoReport.com first broke the story last week, however the vehicle and driver have still not been found. Captain Hughes hopes a $1,000 reward will prompt someone who has information about the case to come forward.
The motorcyclist is still hospitalized recovering from very serious injuries.
Officer C. Eason described the hit and run vehicle as a carbon-flash color (dark blue to dark black) 2010 to 2012 model Chevy Malibu with painted black rims and an unknown Florida license plate. When the Malibu ran over the motorcycle, the lower plastic trim piece under the driver’s side doors fell off. The car will be missing that part along with a missing plastic wheel well trim panel.
A witness said the car’s engine was running poorly and the way the engine sounded was very noticeable.
The car was driven by a Hispanic male in his late-20’s to early-30’s. The man had a chin-strap style beard.
Anyone with information on the hit and run vehicle or the driver is asked to contact Captain Hughes at the Selma Police Department at 919-965-8189 Extension 2005. Callers with information can remain anonymous.