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Vancouver cyclist looking for hit and run driver who left him without transportation

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Ross Jackson said a hit and run crash Monday left him injured and the expensive custom bike he relies on to go to work damaged. (KPTV) Ross Jackson said a hit and run crash Monday left him injured and the expensive custom bike he relies on to go to work damaged. (KPTV)
VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A Vancouver man is recovering after being stranded with his bicycle by a hit and run driver Monday near his home.

Ross Jackson said he was on his way to work around 7 a.m. when he was hit at the intersection of Northeast 39th Street and Northeast 124th Avenue,

“I guess he figured he could make it instead of waiting, like you know, five seconds, ten seconds,” Jackson said. “He gunned it and then blasted me over and then tore off.”

The Vancouver Police Department said investigators haven’t been able to locate the driver because Jackson and others at the scene couldn’t get the license plate information in time.

Jackson said all he remembers was that it was a dark blue colored Jeep.

“You pretty much throw away all humanity just leaving somebody,” he said. “it doesn’t matter what you do or if you know they’re okay or not. don’t hit and run. that’s just foolish.”

For the last two years, Jackson has commuted on his bike to work at a local music shop. He is 6 feet 5 inches tall and said he had to custom order an expensive bike to ride. If it cannot be fixed, he and his girlfriend said they’ll have to buy another one at a cost of around $1,000.

“Just own up to it. Everybody messes up,” he said. “I don’t care if they were texting and driving. I don’t care if they were intoxicated or late or what. You messed up. Everybody messes up. Just own it.”

Jackson said he is hesitant to jump back on his bike but has no other option for his commute to work. He added that he always wears his helmet when riding his bike, and was wearing it on Monday.

While Jackson said he doesn’t have any broken bones, he is healing from a separated shoulder and back strain. He also said that he’s ready to go back to work next week but might be carpooling for a while.

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