Santa Cruz Bicyclist Dies Of Injuries From Soquel Hit & Run Crash; Driver Still At Large

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A bicyclist died Tuesday morning from injuries suffered in a hit-and-run collision with a car in Soquel last Friday and the car’s driver is still at large, according to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office.

Ben Creech, 65, of Santa Cruz, passed away at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, where he was taken to be treated for major injuries he had suffered in the collision, sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Kennedy said.

Creech died Tuesday morning, not on Saturday as had been previously reported by the California Highway Petrol, Kennedy said.

At about 11:55 p.m. Friday, Creech was riding his bicycle east in the westbound bike lane on Soquel Drive west of North Rodeo Gulch when he lost control of the bike and fell into lanes of traffic, according to the CHP.

The driver of a car heading west on Soquel Drive struck the man and fled the scene, CHP officials said.

A damaged Mazda hubcap was found at the scene and the suspect’s car is believed to be a mid 2000s Mazda sedan that is now missing a hubcap, according to the CHP.

The CHP was still seeking witnesses to the collision and urged anyone who saw it or has information to call the CHP Santa Cruz area office at (831) 796-2160.


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