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Police Search For Driver Who Struck Bicyclist

Posted: 6:13 PM, Oct 11, 2016
Updated: 2016-10-11 23:32:29Z

Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department asked for the public's help in their search for the driver who hit a bicyclist and kept going. 

Jenn McCombs was riding her bicycle from work through Centennial Park when she was struck at the intersection of 28th Avenue & Poston Avenue last Friday afternoon.

"It was coming way too fast," McCombs told NewsChannel 5. "I thought it was going to stop but it did not stop."

McCombs said she made a complete stop at the intersection before what was believed to be a tan or gold Escalade drove into her side. 

Witnesses said she flew off of her bike and slammed against a parked car. Roughly 10 to 15 people in the area rushed to help and keep her safe. 

"You just heard the loud screech, everybody heard it," David Shaw, a witness, added. 

Shaw works near the intersection and saw the same driver traveling erratically throughout the area a few minutes before the incident. 

"He had music blasting, windows down, had a bandana and no shirt," Shaw recalled. "He was going back and forth flying and gunning down all the way and back."

McCombs sustained several broken bones, an open fracture on her leg, a bruised lung and several cuts. She had to cancel an upcoming honeymoon trip to Mexico because of her injuries. 

Despite the injuries, McCombs was thankful to be alive and felt more pity for the driver than anger.

"Obviously whatever that person is going through that made him think it was ok for him to leave me on the street means he's far worst off than I am" McCombs said.

Metro police needed more leads, and were working to obtain a surveillance video that may show the suspect vehicle at a nearby convenience store.

If you have information, call CrimeStoppers at (615) 74-CRIME.