Feb 28, 2014 7:16 PM by April Hansen, KSBY
The Santa Maria Police Department is asking for the public's help to identify the vehicle that hit a bicyclist late Thursday night.
It happened around 11:20 p.m. on the corner of Broadway and Roemer Way.
It is the second hit and run involving a bicyclist in the past two weeks.
"There have definitely been more people on this end of Broadway," said Farm Supply Employee Buffy Dale.
She says she was shocked to hear a bicyclist was hit by a car just outside her store.
"I think they are definitely at a disadvantage. They are not as easily seen, so people need to keep an eye out for sure," said Dale.
She says she has noticed a lot more foot traffic on the roads lately and says drivers and pedestrians need to be extra cautious.
"I do believe that is due to the fact that there is now a bike and pedestrian path over the riverbed," said Dale.
Santa Maria police officials say the 68-year-old man was biking on the southbound side of the road when he was rear-ended by a car.
A similar incident happened just two weeks ago when 23-year-old Joshua Shaffner was hit on his bike on Highway 135 near Waller Lane.
Police say there were seven traffic related deaths in Santa Maria last year. One was a hit and run that killed Stacia Parlanti and her unborn son near Black Road.
All three incidents are still unsolved.
Dale says more needs to be done to prevent these accidents.
"We need signs up warning people driving to watch out for bikers," said Dale.
The man hit on Thursday night was taken to a local hospital with major injuries. Police do not have a description of the vehicle involved at this time.
Joshua Shaffner is at home recovering from his injuries. Police say they're looking for a white 1990's model Jeep Grand Cherokee in that case.
If anyone has information on any of these cases, call the Santa Maria Police Department's traffic division at 805-928-3781 ext. 115.
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