Cedar Rapids police search for hit and run suspect, name victim

Published: Oct. 2, 2017 at 3:43 PM CDT
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Cedar Rapids Police are looking for a woman in her early 20’s suspected of hitting a motorcycle, sending the driver to the hospital.

The accident happened around 3:15 p.m. Sunday at 20th Avenue and C Street SW. The driver of a 2000 Honda Accord crashed into a motorcycle 63-year-old Michael Olson was driving, then ran away. Olson was taken to Mercy Medical Center where his family said he had a severe brain injury and several broken bones.

The family released this statement today:

“Michael Allen Olson, age 63, was hit by a woman on 10/1/2017 at the intersection of C St SW and 20th Ave SW. He is a loving husband of 40 years, a father of three, and a grandfather of three young children who love their grandfather (aka Grumpy). He was rushed to Mercy where he was found to have a severe brain injury as well as many broken bones. He was then rushed to UIHC and is in critical condition in the SNICU (Surgery and Neurosurgical ICU).

"We are asking the public for any help you may have in finding the individual that was involved in hitting him. We understand it is a young female with long dark brown or black hair, early 20's, and she was seen running from the scene of the accident heading south. Please think about if this was you in this situation. Would you want your family to go through all of this? If you knew the individual who did this, please we beg, if you have any further information contact the local police station with any leads or information.

"This is an especially hard time as we suffered a house fire in November where we lost three pets. They had just moved back into the house after it was rebuilt just last month. He was running a simple errand to take a friend a folding chair for camping and wanted to enjoy the nice weather on his motorcycle.”

Cedar Rapids Police are still looking for the driver of the Honda. It said the vehicle is also believed to be stolen. Anyone with information is asked to call CRPD at 319-286-5491.