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Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Police looking for driver who hit and left bicyclist in Fircrest

FIRCREST — Police are looking for a driver who hit a bike rider in Fircrest and stopped only long enough to drag her to the side of the road before leaving.

Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer says 66-year-old Sandy Johnston of University Place was hit about 5:30 a.m. Sunday as she was pedalling through an intersection.

She was found unconscious by a jogger. Paramedics took her to Tacoma General Hospital. Her daughter, Valerie Johnston of University Place, says she has multiple fractures and cuts.

A trail of blood at the scene indicates she and the bike were dragged out of the street.

Troyer says car parts at the scene apparently came off a maroon Mercedes-Benz.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward to identify the driver.

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