TRAVERSE CITY (AP) – A pregnant woman is convinced she was targeted last month when a hit-and-run driver struck her in Traverse City, knocking her from her bike and breaking her leg in multiple spots.
After being struck, Kylee Bonne said the driver of the large, black vehicle immediately sped away, leaving her curled up in a ball on Ninth Street.
Bonne said she heard the vehicle slow behind her on June 28. Then, the unthinkable.
“As soon as I turned around, I heard it accelerate and it veered toward me,” Bonne, who was nearly six months pregnant at the time, told the Traverse City Record-Eagle. Her unborn baby was not injured.
Bonne, 30, of Traverse City, is convinced the driver hit her on purpose. She rode a “highly visible” bright pink bike and hugged the side of the road, she said.
“I’ve played it over in my head a million times, and I just can’t see any way it was an accident,” Bonne said. “There were no other cars on the street, and I was easily avoidable.”
Police continue to search for the driver, but need tips. Police say a crash with a bike may not leave identifiable marks on a vehicle.
“Usually the damage is very minimal,” Traverse City Police Capt. Steve Morgan said. “There’s not a lot to look for.”
Bonne could have been hurt much worse or killed, Morgan said, and her baby could have been injured or killed. It’s upsetting that the person left the scene after the collision, he said.
“That’s the basis of making it a felony to leave the scene when an injury occurs or you believe an injury occurs,” he said. “It is a very serious offense.”
Bonne hopes the suspect is apprehended.
“It’s such an awful thing to do. I just can’t picture it going through someone’s head,” she said. “Obviously, I want whoever it is caught, just to get that psycho off the road.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Traverse City Police at 231-995-5152 or Silent Observer at 231-947-TIPS.
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