Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Toyota splits after hitting bus

Hit-and-run vehicle leaves behind license plate

Express Staff Writer

The Sun Valley Police Department is trying to find the driver of a Toyota pickup that crashed into a Mountain Rides commuter bus last week and fled the scene but left behind some incriminating evidence.

The accident occurred Monday, March 24, shortly before 8:30 p.m. An Around Town bus was making a scheduled run just east of the intersection of Sun Valley and Dollar roads when the Toyota pulled out of the parking lot at the Sun Valley Lodge and crashed into the side of the bus.

Sun Valley Assistant Police Chief Mike Crawford said the pickup hit the back side-mounted ski rack on the bus, causing about $1,000 in damage.

The Toyota did not escape unscathed.

"Somebody hit the bus and ran," Crawford said. "Fortunately for us, they left behind some important parts, including their front license plate."

Crawford said police traced the license plate to the registered owner, who listed a Custer County address but otherwise has yet to be located.

"We're still in the process of trying to find out who was driving the vehicle," he said.

Crawford asked local residents to be on the lookout for a 1990 green Toyota pickup with front-end damage. The license plate number is 5B RSELAVY.

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