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Highway Patrol Searching for Suspect in Critical Injury Crash in Caldwell County Near Grandfather Mountain

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Last Updated on October 11, 2019 3:57 pm

NEWTON – On Thursday, 10 October 2019, at approximately 11:40 a.m., the NC State Highway Patrol (SHP) responded to and is investigating a hit & run collision in Caldwell County on US 221 near Grandfather Mountain. 

A cyclist was traveling north on US 221.  A southbound minivan crossed the double yellow line in a curve, collided head-on with one of the cyclists, and continued without stopping.  The injured cyclist has been identified as Ignacio Giraldo, 61, of Sunrise, Florida.  He was cycling in a group with his daughter and 2 others.  Giraldo was airlifted to Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, Tennessee in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

Investigators are searching for a charcoal grey 2005-2010 Toyota Sienna minivan which may have damage to the right front, headlight, and/or right front fender area.  Anyone with information in encouraged to contact the SHP Troop F Communications Center at 828-466-5500.

Example of vehicle being sought.
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