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Cedar Rapids Police renew call for help finding driver in motorcycle hit-and-run

Published: Apr. 19, 2021 at 4:45 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Law enforcement officials in Cedar Rapids are still investigating an apparent hit-and-run of a motorcycle and are asking for the public’s help in advancing the case.

At around 4:07 p.m. on Sunday, April 4, the Cedar Rapids Police Department was sent to a report of a collision between a sport-utility vehicle and a motorcycle near the corner of Seventh Street SW and Second Avenue SW. Officers believe that the SUV, likely a Chevrolet Traverse between the model years of 2013 and 2017, hit the motorcycle intentionally.

Andrew Sorenson, 63, was seriously injured in the crash. He suffered nine broken ribs, a broken clavicle, and other bruising. Sorenson described the incident to KCRG-TV9, saying that the driver was flailing his arms and pointing at him before the collision happened.

A still image from surveillance video, released by the Cedar Rapids Police Department, showing...
A still image from surveillance video, released by the Cedar Rapids Police Department, showing a collision between a red sport-utility vehicle and motorcycle on Sunday, April 4.(Courtesy: Cedar Rapids Police Department)

A security camera captured an image of the driver of the SUV moments before the crash. Other home security footage, released by police, showed the collision happen.

Police look for driver who seemingly hit motorcyclist on purpose in Cedar Rapids
Police look for driver who seemingly hit motorcyclist on purpose in Cedar Rapids

Anybody with information is asked to call the Cedar Rapids Police Department at (319) 286-5491. They may also call Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CS-CRIME (272-7463), or text 5227 and your tip to CRIMES (274637) and reference case #2021-04749.

Hit & Run Accident - April 4, 2021 - Surveillance Video

The Cedar Rapids Police Department has an ongoing investigation into a hit-and-run accident that occurred on Sunday, April 4, 2021. Police officers were dispatched to 7th Street and 2nd Avenue SW at 4:07 p.m. for an accident involving a motorcycle who was struck by a red sport utility vehicle, believed to be a 2013-2017 red Chevrolet Traverse. The motorcycle operator, Andrew Sorenson, age 63, sustained serious injuries and was hospitalized. Sorenson was operating a 2003 Harley-Davidson. A witness indicated that the SUV ran into the back of the motorcycle and fled the scene. The SUV appears to have intentionally struck the motorcycle. There have been local media stories about this incident, however there has not been any credible leads developed at this time. The Police Department is asking the public to review surveillance video from the accident. (Please see a second video in the comments section.) Citizens who can identify the driver of the SUV or the vehicle involved in this hit-and-run accident are encouraged to call the Cedar Rapids Police Department at (319) 286-5491 or Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CS-CRIME (272-7463) or text CRIMES (274637) and in the message/subject, type 5227 and your tip. You can continue to trade information with an investigator. Text STOP to opt out at any time. Please reference case #2021-04749. Disclaimer: Any arrest information included above is based on the legal conclusion that, as with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Posted by Cedar Rapids Police Department on Monday, April 19, 2021

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