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Vehicle and Driver Sought Following Critical Injury Hit & Run Crash west of Molalla
03/23/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Tuesday afternoon's hit and run crash that left a 67-year old male bicyclist critically injured west of Molalla. Following the on-scene initial investigation and closer examination of vehicle parts found at the scene, OSP troopers investigating this crash believe the involved vehicle may be a silver-gray colored 1995 Dodge Caravan. The suspect vehicle and driver who hasn't been identified have not been located. A vehicle matching this description may have been in the Molalla area minutes before the crash.
 
A photograph of the vehicle style is provided with this updated release:
 
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OSP is asking anyone with information regarding the crash or the involved vehicle to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888.
 
On March 22, 2011 at approximately 3:30 p.m. THOMAS CHRISTOPHER MOSSMAN, age 67, from Molalla, was riding a dark colored bicycle westbound on Highway 211 just west of S. Palmer Road near milepost 10. MOSSMAN was struck by what was previously described as an unknown possible sport utility vehicle that continued westbound without stopping. The vehicle description has been updated based upon information provided above.
 
Evidence at the scene indicates the vehicle should have right front headlight area damage, is missing the passenger side mirror, and may have missing right side door moulding. The door side moulding at the scene amongst the vehicle debris was silver or gray in color. The sex of the operator is not known.
 
MOSSMAN was transported by LifeFlight to Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU). He was wearing a bicycle helmet and was reportedly riding to a friend's house that was on the south side of the highway about 50 yards from the crash scene. According to OHSU he is in intensive care.
 
OSP troopers from the Portland Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Molalla Police Department, Molalla Fire Department, and ODOT assisted at the scene. Flaggers were on scene helping traffic get through the area using the eastbound lane. The highway was cleared about 7:00 p.m.
 
No other information for release at this time.