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Coworkers hold fundraiser for man injured in Morro Bay hit-and-run

Posted at 6:15 PM, Oct 25, 2019

Bayside Care Center held a fundraiser Friday for the man who was critically injured in a hit-and-run crash in Morro Bay last week.

Shawn Cyphers, 55, has worked as the cook at Bayside for the past 23 years.

While riding his bike home from work on the night of Oct. 16, he was struck by a pickup truck. The driver left the scene.

His coworkers say Cyphers' bike was his only means of transportation and it was destroyed in the accident.

After the crash, they started raising money to help Cyphers with his medical bills and the purchase of a new bicycle. So far, they've collected $1,900 from a GoFundMe page and $700 from a birthday fundraiser.

"When I heard about the incident, I immediately thought we needed to do a fundraiser for him knowing he would have a lot of medical bills and knowing that he lost his bicycle, which was his only means of transportation, so I figured jump in, start raising some money and help out," said Erica Gomez, fundraiser organizer.

Morro Bay police are asking for anyone with information that could help investigators locate the driver responsible for the crash to contact them at (805) 772-6225.

It happened near Quintana Rd. and Morro Bay Blvd. Based on evidence left at the scene, officers believe the vehicle involved was a 2015 to 2019 blue Chevy Colorado or GMC Canyon.

Anonymous tips can be made by contacting Crime Stoppers at (805) 549-STOP.