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Driver fled on foot after crash with bicyclist in Ferguson Township, police say

Multiple police departments searching for hit-and-run driver in Ferguson Township

Ferguson Township Police Chief Chris Albright talks about the hit-and-run crash on June 3.
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Ferguson Township Police Chief Chris Albright talks about the hit-and-run crash on June 3.

A hit-and-run crash involving a vehicle and a bicyclist is under investigation after police spent hours Monday searching for the driver who fled the scene on foot.

A yellow Pontiac struck a Tyrone woman near the intersection of Tadpole and Marengo roads at about 1:15 p.m., according to Ferguson Township police Chief Chris Albright.

After impact, the vehicle traveled about 100 yards through a farm field before getting stuck in a tree line, Albright said. The male driver then fled into the woods.

The bicyclist, a 66-year-old woman from Tyrone, was transported to Mount Nittany Medical Center by Port Matilda EMS for treatment of minor injures, Albright said.

Ferguson and Patton Township police and a state police helicopter searched the area for at least two hours. The driver has not been located, but Albright said he does not pose a threat to the public. Initial dispatch reports of gunshots appear to be unfounded, Albright said.

The driver is thin, white and was wearing a tan shirt, police said in a press release.

The owner of the vehicle is from the Altoona area, Albright said, though police are unsure if the owner was the one driving the vehicle.

Alpha Fire Company, John Tennis Towing and Centre LifeLink EMS also responded. A portion of Tadpole Road was closed for about one hour, Albright said.

In the press release, police asked for the public’s assistance in providing information about the driver.

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