The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 17, 2014

Injured bicyclist can't believe car didn't stop

By Justin Strawser
The Daily Item

— SUNBURY — Brandon Reigle has one question for the driver and passengers who left him in the middle of the road after hitting the bicyclist with a car Wednesday: Why?

“Why couldn’t you guys stop? Why couldn’t you make sure I was all right?” the 17-year-old Shikellamy High School senior said Thursday when asked what he would say to the occupants of the car.

Reigle escaped the hit-and-run accident that occurred at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Packer and North Third streets with bruised ribs, shoulder pain and fear, but it could have been a lot worse, he said.

“I could have gotten severely hurt,” he said.

His mother, Amy Masden, is equally distraught.

“I don’t understand why the car didn’t stop. He hit the hood. They had to have heard it,” she said.

Charges against the driver and passengers will be filed, city police Cpl. Jamie Quinn said.

“These are serious charges. The kid’s injured,” she said.

Quinn issued a media release Wednesday, asking residents to be on the lookout for a 2003 or 2004 silver Ford Focus hatchback that was last seen in the 700 block of North Third Street heading toward Reagan Street. It is believed to have minor damage to the front passenger side and a dented hood, she said.

The driver is believed to be a white woman. Her front-seat passenger is believed to be a white man with long hair, and her back-seat passenger is believed to be a black man, Quinn said.

The collision happened so fast that no further description could be obtained, Reigle said.

The department “spent half the night driving through the area over there, looking at every silver car. We’re looking for any damage,” Quinn said.

The teen was riding his BMX bicycle from his home at 1108 Susquehanna Ave. to his relatives’ house at Packer and North Fifth streets. It’s a route he regularly takes — a 0.6-mile distance and a 3-minute bicycle trip, according to Google Maps.

As he approached North Third Street, the driver of the Focus failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with Reigle and his bike.

“All I know is I went up the fender and hood and over and then hit the ground,” he said. “They took off right away.”

A local resident asked Reigle if he needed an ambulance, but he declined. Masden took him to Sunbury Community Hospital as soon as he returned home.

His injuries did not require stitches, and no bones were broken, his mother said.

The doctors advised him to take pain medication such as ibuprofen.

He was vomiting after returning from the emergency room, and Masden said she likely would be taking him back to the hospital Thursday.

Masden said she was pleased with the help city police are providing.

Quinn is counting on residents for assistance in identifying the driver and occupants of the car.

“We’re hoping the public will say if they see them. I’m hoping someone will call me,” she said.

Anyone with information is asked to call city police at (570) 286-4584.