Police searching for man who hit cyclist and crashed car fleeing the scene of hit-and-run with bike

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Centre Co. police still searching for man who crashed car while fleeing scene of a hit and run.... eyewitnesses first said driver fired gunshots... po

Ferguson Township, Centre County, Pa-

UPDATE:Ferguson Township Police, who were originally told the bicyclist in a bike vs. car hit-and-run crash suffered minor injuries, are now reporting that she suffered more significant injuries.

Police say 66-year-old Nancy Antes of Port Matilda suffered broken bones in her ankle, leg, pelvis, ribs, and vertebrae. Antes was transported from the scene to Mt. Nittany Medical Center, and later transferred to Hershey Medical Center.

Ferguson Township Police say they’ve “developed information about a person of interest in [their] investigation of the hit-and-run collision.” They’re asking anyone who saw a thin white male wearing a tan shirt to call the Centre County dispatch center.

They’re specifically wondering if anyone saw this man walking along Rt. 45 west of the Rock Springs/Ag Progress Days area.

Police are searching for a man on the loose after a hit-and-run Monday afternoon in the southern portion of Ferguson Township, near the Huntingdon County border.

Chris Albright, Chief of Ferguson Township Police, told WTAJ that just after 1:15 pm on Monday, a call went out for a car vs. bike accident that occurred on Marengo Road.

Albright says the driver then took off on the 4400 block of Tadpole Road, which intersects with Marengo Road near the crash scene. 

Police say the man cut across a cornfield and crashed his car into a tree, about 100 yards away from the road, where the field gave way to the forest. The man then took off on foot.

Police report that the suspect is a white man with a thin build, wearing a tan shirt. Police gathered fingerprints from the car, a yellow Pontiac, and told WTAJ that its registered owner is from the greater Altoona area.

Police did not clarify if the owner of the car is the suspect. They’re still investigating more about the driver.

“What we’re looking for now is why this person ran, are they wanted, are they high, are they intoxicated… any of that is very important. In addition to that, we want to make sure that the bicyclist is taken care of too,” Albright said.

Police have cleared the scene but are still looking for the driver. They told WTAJ that the area surrounding the scene is safe, and they have no reason to believe that the suspect is dangerous.

However, when calls of the incident first rang out, there were additional worries for first responders.

Why?

Early reports from some eyewitnesses said that they heard gunshots fired by the driver of the car.

Police rushed to the scene and, after interviews, determined there was no indication that gunshots were fired and that the driver did not have a gun.

“Is there gonna be any need for a code-red message sent out for public awareness?” a dispatcher asked Chief Albright.

“Negative” was his response.

“Other witnesses and the bicyclist were able to confirm that there were no shots fired,” Albright said.

He said locals probably heard something that sounded like gunshots.

“On a farm field like this, you’ve got stones, and when you hit those stones with the undercarriage of the car, it would sound like a pretty loud crack,” Albright told WTAJ.

A Pennsylvania State Police helicopter searched the woods, which police report is dense and swampy.

Many armed officers were also seen looking on-foot throughout the woods and field areas surrounding the scene.

Police say they are looking for any information about the driver, and said he could face felony charges of fleeing and eluding the scene.

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