Cyclist believes hit-and-run was intentional

September 11, 2018 07:10 AM

The survivor of a hit-and-run believes the collision was no accident, saying the driver's actions were deliberate.  

Monroe County deputies are searching for the driver behind the wheel of a car that slammed into a cyclist Sunday night. 


The man on that bicycle says the driver purposely swerved off the road to hit him after doing a U-turn.

Lee Lejnikes returned to the scene of the hit-and-run on Monday, just hours after being released from the hospital.

There are still tire tracks in the grassy area off the road; evidence, he believes, of where the driver went off the road to hit him.

A responding officer was heard calling those details over the radio to 911 dispatchers, also saying the tracks appeared to have been left by the driver.

"[The driver] stopped here and started screaming and yelling," recalled Lejnikes, adding, "he whipped around, did a U-turn. He hit me…and left."

Lejnikes was riding his bike back to his Perinton home while chatting with his son on the phone using headphones.

"My son heard him say, twice, that he was going to kill me."

The next thing his son heard was the car hitting his dad. 

Lejnikes was able to call 911 and was rushed to the hospital. 

After a night of tests and X-rays, he was released with injuries to his arm, back, and knee.

He said he got a glimpse of the driver's face but didn't recognize him, fearing his deliberate actions could escalate.

"I didn't do anything to him, didn't say anything to him. I don't know him. I was simply riding my bike home," he expressed, adding," he could have killed me."

The MCSO says the car was silver in color, possibly a two-door hybrid vehicle. 

Investigators believe the vehicle could have damage to the front bumper/passenger side area.

Deputies ask anyone with information to call 911.


Stephanie Robusto

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