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Bicyclist, 50, injured in hit-and-run after dispute with suspect, witnesses say

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A 50-year-old cyclist was seriously injured after being struck by a motorist shortly after an alleged dispute between the two late Monday afternoon. Now police are searching for the motorist who witnesses saw leaving the scene.

Police on Tuesday identified the victim as Gregory T. German. The investigation began shortly after 6 p.m. when officers responded to 1849 Flagler Ave. after getting a report of a biker being struck by a vehicle, according to Atlanta police. The 50-year-old man was found lying beneath a silver SUV, which was parked along the curb, they said.

At least four people witnessed the wreck and told officers the man was riding his bicycle on Montgomery Ferry Road when he was almost struck by a red SUV that was turning from Flagler Avenue on to Montgomery Ferry Road, according to the police report.

The witnesses said the victim approached the driver of the SUV and an argument ensued, the report showed. After the dispute, the witnesses said they saw the biker heading down Flagler Avenue at a high rate of speed, police said.

They also saw the SUV following behind the biker at a high rate of speed, police said. Several moments later, they found the victim lying under the silver SUV and the red SUV speeding away from the scene, police said. Still, no one witnesses the actual impact, according to the report.

The red SUV was last seen taking a right onto Rock Springs Road towards Piedmont Avenue, police said.
The witnesses could not provide a detailed description of the suspect's vehicle or the suspect.

German was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital where he was being treated for serious head injuries, police said. His condition was not immediately available late Tuesday.