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Hit and run seriously injures bike rider

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The cyclist was struck on this stretch of N. Delaware St. around 3 a.m. Saturday. The cyclist was struck on this stretch of N. Delaware St. around 3 a.m. Saturday.
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Indianapolis - A 28-year-old Indianapolis man is fighting for his life after he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle.

Police found Paul Nihiser lying in the road in the 600 block of N. Delaware around 3 a.m. Saturday, after receiving a report of a bicyclist struck by a car. Witnesses say Nihiser was riding northbound when he was struck by a northbound, newer model Chevy Malibu.

"There was a couple other motorists who were on the street at that time, who had stopped and called in saying, 'Hey, I just saw a guy hit on his bicycle'," said IMPD Sgt. Matt Mount.

The vehicle fled northbound on N. Delaware after the incident. Witnesses say the driver never hit the brakes.

Nihiser was found not far from his bicycle with severe head injuries. He was taken to Methodist Hospital in very grave condition and remains critical.

Police say Nihiser was just a few blocks from his home.

"From what we understand, he'd been at the Irish Fest and was heading home. We believe his address was on Pennsylvania, so he'd actually gone one block too far east as he was heading home," said Sgt. Mount.

Police say the early morning hours are always a dangerous time to be on the roads, but especially for someone with a bicycle.

"You have to understand, 3 o'clock, 4 o'clock in the morning is when all the bars have closed down," said Sgt. Mount. "It's not the safest time to be on the road on a bicycle. We're trying to do everything we can to keep drunk drivers off the street and put them in jail, but one has to be extra careful at that time of night, when you know that people have been drinking that may not be paying attention."

Police are looking for anyone who may have seen the Malibu, which is dark-colored and may have dark, tinted windows to contact them or Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.

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