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Crime/Courts

March 30, 2014

Hit and run leaves runner sidelined

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While Berlier has insurance, but he’s not sure how much will be paid because a third party is liable for the injury. He’s hoping his insurance will reimburse some of the expense.

“Someone might know who this is,” he said. “I think it’s only right that they pay for the damage this caused. I don’t get how someone’s conscience will let them hit somebody and leave them with no concern for their well being.”

Berlier filed a report with the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office and two “very nice deputies” came out, but there isn’t a lot of evidence for investigators to go on. He and his wife looked for the broken mirror the next day, but it was gone. He suspects the driver in the hit and run came and retrieved the only hard evidence in the case.

“My hope is that someone out there knows who it is,” Berlier said. “Typically if you’re driving out there, you live out there. You’re not joy riding on a rural country road.”

Berlier said his employer is very supportive and encouraging and most of the community is friendly and supportive. It’s the first time a car hasn’t given him leeway.

“I’ve lived out there for three years,” he said. “Usually everyone is really friendly and waves.”

For now, Berlier is running on a treadmill. His wife is frightened for him to return to the asphalt.

Berlier said he was wearing visible clothing and brightly colored shoes. He’s guessing the driver was on the phone or distracted.

“I try to make myself as visible as I can,” he said.

If anyone has information on the hit and run, Berlier hopes they will report it to the Cleveland County Sheriff at 701-8888.

Joy Hampton

366-3544

jhampton@

normantranscript.com

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