Hit and Run Victim Recovering

By: McKenzie Martin Email
By: McKenzie Martin Email

A Colorado Springs man is lucky to be alive after he was hit by a car while riding his bike and left for dead.

It happened early Tuesday morning around 1:30 on Highway 115 near Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard.

Grant Hinderliter was riding his bike home from work, he was heading south on 115 when the unthinkable happened.

"I got hit by a truck from behind and I was knocked unconscious," said Hinderliter.

And left for dead on the side of the road, he says thankfully he woke up, but with no cell phone to call for help, he started walking.

"It was probably over a mile," He said.

He finally made it to his friend’s Dena and Kim's house.

"I was bleeding everywhere, I had a big hole in my chest and my face was bleeding really bad," said Hinderliter.

"Every time he took a breath it was squirting blood out of his chest," said his friend, Dena McFaddin.

She says fortunately she's a registered nurse, but when she saw how bad his injuries were, she called 911.

"I actually wondered if he was going to die in our bathroom," Dena said.

Grant spent the next four days in the hospital.

"I got 20 some staples in my chest, my hand was torn up and I got plastic surgery on that and I got a puncture wound on my hip and like 24 staples in my face," He said.

"I can't believe anyone would just leave him to die on the side of the road," Dena said.

Grant says he just hopes that someone maybe witnessed the accident that night or saw a truck pulled over on the side of the road. A police report was filed and they were able to recover his bike but with no suspect description there's not much the cops can do.

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  • by anonymous Location: colorado springs on Jun 28, 2007 at 05:28 PM
    Although this is a tragic event, Hollywood has led some to believe that crimes can be solved in 60 minutes or less with or without clues! The driver of the hit and run vehicle may, indeed, be caught eventually, but don't blame the police for not solving a crime without witnesses. Real life is not like the movies. If and when the culprit is caught, I hope some bleeding heart judge doesn't let him/her off with a slap on the wrist: this is obviously a case of attempted murder....or at the very least aggrevated vehicular assault and deserves some time in prison!! Good luck, Grant. Hope you fully recover! Next time it is advised that you ride your bike TOWARDS TRAFFIC as prescribed by law!
  • by Dave Location: Saegertown,Pa. on Jun 7, 2007 at 07:56 PM
    This was my Godson/nephew. He is like a son to me!Are you kidding me? No clues? Are your cops blind, or are they rejects from LAPD? Maybe they should let the cast from "Cold Case" take over!I'll bet if this was a politicians kid, you would have someone locked up by now!Shame on you guys..if you could use some pointers on basic crime scene investigation, call me!
  • by RH Location: Meadville,PA on Jun 7, 2007 at 12:42 PM
    As his mother it is very hard to believe that not one person saw what happened. To clear up one thing he was pushing his bike and it had no damage to it at all. The driver must have know he hit something! Too bad it was not in our town since I know the police chief and I would be calling dailey! Thanks to all that help him and he is recovering!
  • by ruth Location: erie PA on Jun 5, 2007 at 01:10 PM
    What a defeatist attitude for the police to have! "There isn't much we can do." Obviously there is a damaged vehicle somewhere that was involved in the accident (and maybe SOME evidence - like paint from the truck on the bicycle or vehicle debris left at the scene). Perhaps doing some investigating and asking for help from the public would be a good starting point. It may not close the case, but at least someone would be trying to find the irresponsible person that hit Grant.
  • by mk Location: cambridge, pa on Jun 4, 2007 at 01:19 PM
    i cant believe this....hes my best friends brother..and he coulda died...someone needs charged
  • by me Location: colorado springs on Jun 4, 2007 at 10:41 AM
    That is an outrage. That man deserves some justice for what happened to him. I bet they would not have dropped it, if he had died. Pathetic.
  • by Fed Up Location: Co Springs on Jun 3, 2007 at 10:03 AM
    With no suspect there's not much the cops can do? D we not have any detectives on the police force here? That sounds like a "cop out" answer to me.
  • by DM Location: Co Springs on Jun 3, 2007 at 07:33 AM
    This is exactly why I won't ride a bike to work in this city! I hope they catch the culprit and throw the book at him!
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