Cyclist killed in hit-and-run

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SAN DIEGO — A cyclist died Tuesday night after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in the Rolando area, police said.

Shortly after 7 p.m., a red Toyota Prius was headed west in the 6600 block of University Avenue when a cyclist riding along the sidewalk in the same direction made a sweeping left turn into the driver’s path near the intersection of Alamo Drive, Sgt. Kevin Gibson said. The driver hit the cyclist, who was thrown from his bicycle and landed several feet from the crash.

The driver got out of his car, picked up the cyclist and placed him back on the road before getting back in his vehicle, Gibson said. The driver was seen headed west on University Avenue and then north onto Aragon Way.

Medics took the cyclist, a man between 45 and 50 years old, to Scripps Mercy Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Shortly after the collision, police found the unoccupied car in the 6800 block of El Cajon Boulevard, but were still searching for the driver as of late Tuesday.

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