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Man Strikes Cyclist With Car On Co. Rd. 26



Bryan Joseph Hayes, 35, Toledo, faces charges in Michigan and Fulton County after he was involved in two separate incidents on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7.

In Fulton County, he allegedly intentionally struck a woman on a bicycle.

Tracey Zuver, Fulton County chief deputy sheriff, said two women, ages 54 and 49, both of Alvordton, were riding the bikes north on Co. Rd. 26. Around 3 pm, they had stopped off the side of the road at the corner of Co. Rd. N, so one could talk on her cellphone.

Zuver said a newer white car approached from the west, pulled up next to the two women, and stopped.

The driver, described as a male in his 30s wearing black-framed glasses, was acting erratically, talking to and motioning to the women through the car window, which was in the up position.

When the women started to ride away, Zuver said the driver backed up to block their path.

When they tried to ride around the car, he said the driver accelerated forward, striking the 54-year-old woman, knocking her off her bicycle. The driver then fled the scene, heading north on Co. Rd. 26.

The husband of the woman who was struck came to the scene, and took her to seek medical attention in his vehicle.

Investigation

Zuver said he went to the scene and talked to the victims, who gave him a description of the vehicle and the driver.

Fulton County sheriff dispatchers broadcast a bulletin to “be on the lookout for” the vehicle and driver to surrounding counties.

Zuver checked the area, but was unable to find the car.

About three hours later, Michigan State Police officers were investigating a crash at M99 and Buckeye Road in Hillsdale County, and realized one of the drivers matched the description in the Fulton County broadcast.

Zuver was contacted and drove to Hillsdale to meet with the subject, identified at Hayes.

Hayes denied any involvement in the case.

However, Zuver said the women were shown a photo lineup that included Hayes, and picked him out immediately.

Zuver said he presented his case to the Fulton County prosecutor office, and a charge of felonious assault was filed against Hayes.

Felonious assault is a felo- ny of the second degree, punishable by two to eight years in prison.

Last week, Hayes was being held at the Hillsdale County Jail on Michigan charges resulting from the Hillsdale County crash.

Fulton County has a “holder” on him. Even if he is released on the Michigan charge, he still will be held on the charge from Fulton County.

Cooperation

Zuver cited two factors that resulted in the Fulton County charge against Hayes.

The first, he said, was that the two women made eye contact with the person, enabling them to identify him.

The second was the interagency cooperation between Fulton County sheriff deputies and the Michigan State Police.



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