Bellevue police are asking the public for information about a dark green 1998 to 2000 Lexus sedan involved in a hit-and-run collision with...
Bellevue police are asking the public for information about a dark green 1998 to 2000 Lexus sedan involved in a hit-and-run collision with a bicyclist Tuesday afternoon.
The collision left the rider, Edward Schmidt, 54, unconscious and suffering multiple injuries.
He was taken to Overlake Hospital and is recovering at home with a broken collar bone, severely sprained ankle, cuts and other injuries, said his wife, Lisa Schmidt.
“He’s not doing very well,” said his wife. “We just feel fortunate he’s alive.”
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The collision took place about 5:12 p.m. in a bike lane in the 5400 block of Forest Drive Southeast, near Coal Creek Parkway east of Interstate 405.
Schmidt has been riding his bike to work at the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development at First Avenue and Marion Street in Seattle for about three years, said his wife.
He makes the 30-mile roundtrip ride for a combination of reasons, she said, including to stay in shape and to help the environment.
Tuesday afternoon, he was nearing his home when he was struck from behind, police reported. Schmidt has no memory of the accident, but police were able to learn from witnesses and other evidence that he was struck by either a GS 300 or GS 400 Lexus sedan.
The evidence includes a passenger-side rear-view mirror that was broken off in the collision. By working with a Lexus dealership, Detective Satoshi Yamamoto was able to identify the car as a 1998 to 2000 Lexus sedan.
Now police are looking for the car, which would have a missing mirror and probably damage to the front-right bumper and turn signal and front-right fender. If a body shop were to repair the damage, Imperial Jade Mica-6Q7 paint would be used, said Officer Michael Chiu, Bellevue police spokesman.
Lisa Schmidt happened to be a little ways behind her husband as she was returning from work Tuesday and recognized his bike as she drove past and saw him being helped by passersby. Schmidt’s bike and clothing were outfitted with multiple reflectors, including a bright red flashing tail-light, and police believe his helmet probably helped to save his life.
Police are asking anyone with information about the collision to call 911. Information also may be given to Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound at 800-CRIME-13, where a $1,000 reward is offered for the arrest and conviction of criminals.
“We don’t know if it was a kid who borrowed his parents’ car or what,” said Lisa Schmidt. “We want the person who hit him and left, we want that person caught.”