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Suspect vehicle sought in December crash with Calgary cyclist

Police released images Friday of a suspect vehicle they say was involved in a December hit and run that left a cyclist in hospital.

Around 2:15 p.m. on Dec. 15, a car traveling on 80 Avenue NE hit a 64-year-old man cycling on Saddletowne Circle, police said.

The car hit the cyclist and didn’t stop, according to police, continuing down Saddletowne Circle.

The victim was taken to hospital with serious injuries at the time and is still recovering, police said.

Investigators said the vehicle is believed to be a light-coloured, two-door 1998 to 2002 Honda Accord. They say it would likely have grill or hood damage as a result of the crash.  It may have been repaired by now, police said.

“We firmly believe this vehicle is somewhere in our city and that someone knows its whereabouts. We are calling on the public to come forward with any information about the vehicle or the driver involved in this incident,” said Calgary Police Service Traffic Sgt. Colin Foster, in a prepared release.

The family is also asking for someone to come forward with information.

“Treat people the way you want to be treated. Simply, we want justice for our father. You’d be the same if it was your father too,” said the victim’s son, James.

“No one deserves to not get answers to an accident that they didn’t cause. We’re asking northeast Calgary to unite with us; please speak up and come clean if you know anything.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Calgary police at 403-266-1234.

Meanwhile, charges have been laid in another vehicle versus pedestrian collision from December, police said.

Steven Albert Henry Verdenhalven, 28, of Calgary, was charged with two counts of hit and run causing bodily harm, and one count of careless driving. Additional charges remain under investigation.

This incident happened on 37 Street SW and 13 Avenue on Dec. 13.

The male victim remains in hospital in serious, but stable condition. The female victim has since been released from hospital and continues her recovery at home.