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Apr 7, 2014 11:13 AM by Kathrene Herndon, KSBY News

Teen hit on bike suffers major injuries; CHP looking for driver

The California Highway Patrol is asking anyone who may have witnessed a hit-and-run that left an 18-year-old with major injuries in Santa Maria over the weekend to come forward.

The incident happened Saturday around 11 p.m. on Santa Maria Way, north of Bradley Road.

CHP says Santa Maria resident Elias Anthony Eichert was crossing the street on his bike in a marked crosswalk when he was hit by an unknown driver.

They say the driver was going about 40 mph and was slowing down for a red light, but sped up when the light turned green, hitting Eichert, who was in the crosswalk.

Eichert was thrown off his bike and suffered major injuries, including a broken nose and cuts on his head and arms.

CHP says the driver did not stop and continued driving east on Santa Maria Way.

The vehicle is described as a four-door gray, compact car with tinted windows. It may be a Ford or Honda.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Santa Maria CHP office at (805) 349-8728.

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