Authorities Searching for Driver Who Hit Bicyclist on Christmas Eve

Police in East Point are searching for the driver who struck a cyclist along Main Street on Christmas Eve and kept driving.

Forty-seven-year-old Michael Cook said he lost consciousness and woke up on Christmas Day. He said he was in such a daze that he didn’t even know it was Christmas and he had no memory of the car that hit him.

Cook was recently released from Grady Memorial Hospital.

He said the last thing he remembered was lying on the ground with paramedics and police looking at him. He said he couldn’t hear emergency personnel, but he read their lips. He understood that it was a hit and run and he had a bone sticking out from his leg.

Cook suffered four broken bones in his neck and two in his leg along with shoulder injuries.

Before the crash, Cook bought a plate of food for a disabled friend and checked on some homeless people in the community.

He lamented that the driver who hit him didn’t even bother to call the police.

Cook is a self-employed construction worker, but it will be some time before he can work again.

He doesn’t have health insurance, so his friends and neighbors have launched a fundraiser to assist with his medical costs. They have also been appealing on social media for information about the accident.

Cook said he felt blessed to have survived the wreck and he hoped the driver would understand what they did and do better in the future.

His broken bicycle remained next to the railing where the wreck happened for a few days. However, by the time he left the hospital, it was gone. It was his sole means of transportation.

If you’ve suffered injuries in a hit-and-run or any other type of car accident, contact a Georgia car accident attorney.


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