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Truck found, bicyclist on life support after hit-and-run

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque police have found the truck they suspect hit a bicyclist Monday, critically injuring him, but haven’t identified the driver.

The bicyclist, Ronald Brinkley, was still on life support Wednesday afternoon, according to officer Simon Drobik, an Albuquerque Police Department spokesman.

Drobik said on Monday Brinkley was riding his bike on Yale near Ross SE, north of Gibson, when he was hit by a truck. That truck, described by witnesses as an orange or yellow older-model Chevrolet pickup with a University of New Mexico license plate, fled the scene, heading south on Yale.

The driver was described as a “skinny Spanish male in his 20s with black hair.”

Crime Stoppers, assisted by a local business that wished to remain anonymous, offered a $5,500 reward for information on the case.

Drobik said that helped.

Police found the truck Tuesday night, and it was sealed until a search warrant could be executed.

“The hit-and-run vehicle from (Monday) at Yale and Ross has been located through the use of Crime Stoppers,” Drobik wrote in an email. “Witnesses can be the key to solving any and every case. This serves as just one of the many examples of Crime Stoppers working.”

No reward money has been paid yet, according to Crime Stoppers.

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