June 19, 2008

Teen Cyclist in Critical Condition As Police Seek Hit-Run Driver

By Hector Gutierrez

Commerce City police were looking Wednesday for the driver of a pickup truck that hit a teenager riding a bicycle, leaving the boy in critical condition.

D'Artagnan Alexander Dye, 13, was being treated at Children's Hospital, where his father, Larry Dye, and other family members have been keeping vigil since the accident Tuesday afternoon.

Police said they were looking for a white Ford F-150 pickup, possibly made between 1996 and 1999.

"There's a kid up there (in intensive care), and there are kids in that neighborhood that need to see a role model," the victim's father said of the truck's driver. "They need to have an example that if you do something wrong, you come forward, step up and be an example for the kids.

"Don't be an example of, run somebody over and take off, because you're not going to get away with it in the end."

D'Artagnan was with two other young people on bicycles about 4 p.m. Tuesday, witnesses said. He and his friends were headed west on East 75th Avenue, just east of Colorado 2, when the truck hit the victim on Oneida Street as the teen was crossing the intersection.

Originally published by Hector Gutierrez, Rocky Mountain News.

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