Elderly bicyclist in critical condition Saturday after hit, skip accident on Cleveland's west side

Police look for vehicle and driver

CLEVELAND - An elderly man is fighting for his life after he was struck by a vehicle Saturday morning while riding his bicycle on Cleveland's west side.

The hit/skip accident happened around 10:30 a.m. Saturday on the I-71 southbound entrance ramp from Denison Avenue, according to Cleveland police.

Officers arrived to find 76-year-old Charles C. Crays seriously injured.

Crays was transported by ambulance to MetroHealth Medical Center where he is currently listed in critical condition, said a hospital official.

Police said their preliminary investigation revealed that Crays was riding his bike on the right shoulder of the Denison Avenue entrance ramp, when a car swerved and struck him.

The 76-year-old was ejected from the bike onto the roadway. The driver of the car never stopped, but fled the scene.

Police believe the car connected to this case is a clean dark blue 4-door Chevrolet Cavalier, late model (late 1980's to early 1990's) with tinted windows. There is probable damage to the front left side and windshield.

Anyone with information on this on this accident is asked to call the Cleveland Police Accident Investigation Unit at 216-623-5295 or Crime Stoppers at 216-252-7463. Information can also be texted to Crimes (274637). Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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