Veteran was victim of hit-and-run caught on surveillance video

Veteran was victim of hit-and-run caught on surveillance video

MILLVALE, Pa. — Police in Millvale have released surveillance video of a hit-and-run that seriously hurt a veteran in hopes of finding the driver.

Police released the video Thursday because they’ve been looking for the driver for months and can’t find her, hoping someone will recognize the car and turn her in.

"Initially it was like, 'You gotta be kidding me. Did I just get hit by a car?'" said Thomas Bricker.

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He is the bicyclist in surveillance video who can be seen coming down Grant Street in Millvale when he gets run over by a car.

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"I flew up onto the windshield and rolled back off onto the side of the road," Bricker said. "And while I was still trying to gather my wits and realize what happened, they just took off."

The driver peeled away down Sheridan, then cut through an alley.

Millvale police found a windshield wiper and a piece of trim at the scene that was tracked back to a silver 2004 Hyundai Elantra.

"If I would have been any smaller, if it would have been anyone else smaller than me, they probably wouldn't have gotten up from it," he said.

Thomas has been in physical therapy for a dislocated shoulder ever since the incident that happened on Oct. 26.

Police tried for months to find the female driver, but couldn't, and that's why they just released the surveillance video to Channel 11.

Bricker, who was in the Marine Corps for five years, still can't understand how the driver could just hit him and leave.

"Thank God I was wearing my helmet, I don't know what would've happened then," he said.

There is a possible reward for information leading to a suspect and conviction.

The driver will be charged with leaving the scene of an accident, reckless endangerment and aggravated assault.