Authorities Search For Semi Involved In Biker Hit-And-Run

ROCHESTER, Minn. (WCCO) — Authorities are looking for a semi truck that they believe struck a man riding his bike and then fled.

The hit-and-run accident happened around 2 a.m. Saturday on Highway 52 in Rochester. According to the authorities, the man was riding his bike northbound near the Apache Mall when he was struck.

The semi truck is described as a 2010 or newer Cascadia model Freightliner semi tractor. The trailer of the semi was a cargo box with white or light-colored lettering, and there was possibly a design on both the front and rear sides of the trailer. The license plate and color of the semi is unknown.

Authorities said because of the impact with the bike, the truck is missing the passenger side fog light, along with the dark gray skirting around the fog light and underneath the bumper. They say the truck would have continued north from the scene but could have exited Highway 52 after the crash.

The biker, identified as Richard Zwart, 27, of Rochester, is listed in fair condition at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Anyone with information on the semi is asked to call the Minnesota State Patrol in Rochester at 507-285-7410.

  • Don Juan

    What kind of man rides a pink girls bike?

    • Momo

      I was thining thats why he got hit, lol

      OAN, i am glad he is ok, could have been a lot worse turnout.

  • Juan Don

    What kind of a professional driver runs from the scene of a accident?

    • Judy

      Has it occured to anyone that possibly the semi-driver didnt see the bicyclist. and possibly thought he hit a small animal. Unless, a biker was wearing light colored clothing, or had flourescent colors on him, it is very difficult to see a person. How many times have you come across a person riding a bike and they all too often wear dark clothing? Scares the B-jeepers out of you when you are almost on top of them before you see them from a car windshield! Personally, I know many drivers and not one of them would act irresponsibly as to leave a person to die alongside the road. I ran the hi-ways with my x-husband many years and never met one professional driver that would fit the description of irresponsible.

  • Ben Dover

    Does anyone know the where abouts of Amy Senser on Monday

  • Juan Don

    Out riding with Tyrell Johnson

    • Deb W.

      And you know what truck drivers use, maybe your talking about yourself.

  • just sayin

    Those truckers and their meth/coke use.

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