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DECATUR — Help from the public allowed the Macon County Sheriff's Office to arrest a 26-year-old woman who deputies say struck a bicyclist with her car and left the scene. 

Deputies were first contacted at 6:50 p.m. Oct. 30 about a bicyclist who had been struck on U.S. 36 east of Shaw Road in rural Macon County, Lt. Jamie Belcher said in a statement. They arrived to find the 56-year-old Atwood man with multiple broken bones and internal injuries, for which he was treated at Decatur Memorial Hospital.

The man had been riding westbound when he was struck from behind by a vehicle. He underwent surgery and was released Nov. 7, Belcher said. 

Deputies at the scene found a red plastic piece from a vehicle's bumper and later determined it belonged to a Chevy Impala from 2000 to 2005. The sheriff's office and Decatur Police Department on Monday publicized information about the crash as the Decatur "Crime of the Week." 

Hit and Run

This image provided by the Decatur Police Department shows a portion of the suspect vehicle in a recent hit-and-run incident. 

The sheriff's office received information from the public, and deputies were able to find the woman and her vehicle in another part of rural Macon County. She acknowledged driving westbound on U.S. 36 at the time of the crash, but told deputies that she thought she had struck a deer and not a person. 

A relative of the suspect did contact the sheriff's office about half an hour after deputies were dispatched to the area to report that his daughter had been involved in a collision with a deer, but was unable to determine where she was driving at the time. Because the vehicle had minor damage and the location wasn't known, deputies were not sent to investigate. 

The woman was arrested for leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, which is a Class 4 felony. She was released from the Macon County Jail with a notice to appear in court Dec. 14. 

The sheriff's office is not releasing her name pending her arraignment, Belcher said. 

He added that the sheriff's office wanted to thank the public for help with information related to the collision. 

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