Monroe County police seek help solving deadly hit-and-run

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MONROE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHR) - Police are asking for the public's help to find the driver who left a bicyclist for dead on the side of the road.

The hit-and-run happened just northeast of Bloomington, near the intersection of SR 45 and Russell Road.

A white bike chained to a street sign, red flowers on top, marked the spot where police say a man died Monday night while riding his bicycle along SR 45.

"That's really sad. I hate to hear that," said Shirley Yates who lives nearby, but didn't realize someone had been killed outside her home.

"I didn't hear anything at all," said Yates.

Investigators think the cyclist was going east on SR 45, when a vehicle also going east hit the cyclist and kept going.

A passing motorist spotted what they believed was a body on the side of the road and called 911.

"I think it's terrible. I just can't imagine how anyone can hit another human being and leave them like that to die alone in the dark on the side of the road," said neighbor Ellen McGlothlin.

Police have identified the victim as 41-year-old Michael Brooks of Bloomington. Investigators say Brooks died from blunt force trauma.

"I knew who he was when I realized he had the blue bike," McGlothlin said, explaining the victim rode his bike all the time on the road where he died.

"He works down the road. It's his mode of transportation," said McGlothlin.

Investigators have spent the past two days combing the scene. So far, they say they have no leads and need the public's help.

"There's got to be somebody out there that knows something and if they would just come forward," McGlothlin said.

"Hopefully, the person, whoever it was, will grow a conscious and come forward," she added.

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