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Motorcyclist fighting for his life after hit-and-run

A Cedar Rapids man is in critical condition after his motorcycle was hit by a driver who left the scene. Michael Olson, 63, is at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics where doctors are trying to save his life.

A Cedar Rapids man is in critical condition after his motorcycle was hit by a driver who left the scene. Michael Olson, 63, is at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics where doctors are trying to save his life.

The crash happened Sunday afternoon at C Street and 20th Avenue Southwest. Police are still looking for the driver responsible after she ran off without calling police.

If you have any information, you’re asked to call (319) 286 - 5491.

What makes this incident similar to a handful of other crimes in eastern Iowa is that the car in the accident and the license plates on it, were both stolen. That’s usually a hint to police that someone is up to no good, but now it’s happened at least three times in just a few weeks in eastern Iowa.

All that’s left form a terrifying accident are the yellow markings where car, motorcycle and a badly injured rider once laid in the road.

Kevin Skalsky and his friend were some of the first people to reach Michael Olson after he and his motorcycle flipped over the car.

“I would hope other people would do that for me,” said Kevin. “I was just more focused on the guy to see if he was alright.”

Witnesses describe the suspect as:

  • White female
  • Early 20’s
  • Long Black hair
  • Driving a 2000 Honda Accord

The crash is the second incident involving a stolen car with stolen plates causing trouble

On September 12th, at 4th Street and 9th Avenue SW, Police say two men were robbed at gunpoint and the suspect drove a stolen pickup truck with license plates that didn’t match. A day later, they arrested 31-year-old Bryan Finn for 1st Degree Robbery and Theft.

In late August in Waterloo, Lindsey Newcomb’s identity was stolen when thieves smashed her car window. Soon after, someone rolled up to Lindsey’s bank in a stolen car, also with stolen plates, trying to clean out her account. Police say in cases like this, stealing a car is often just the first law a criminal is about to break.

“Unless it's for a joyride, you should probably believe it's going to be used in another criminal behavior,” said Cedar Rapids Public Safety Communications Coordinator Greg Buelow. “It's a tool to commit another criminal act.”

Cedar Rapids Police say they can’t easily look up what kind of crimes involve stolen vehicles, but they say an overwhelming majority of the cars that are stolen are unlocked, or even have the keys still inside.

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