Police say they have identified a suspect after a 60-year-old bicyclist was left in critical condition when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Vernon Hills Thursday morning.
The Vernon Hills Police Department and Libertyville Fire Department responded around 4:17 a.m. Thursday to Butterfield Road south of Golf Road in Vernon Hills for a hit-and-run crash with injuries.
Vernon Hills Deputy Chief Shannon Holubetz said a preliminary investigation showed a dark-colored sedan was traveling southbound on Butterfield Road.
A bicyclist, a 60-year-old Grayslake man, was also traveling southbound in the roadway.
The sedan struck the bicyclist and did not stop after the collision, Holubetz said.
The suspect driver continued southbound on Butterfield Road.
The 60-year-old victim, who was reported to be unconscious, was transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with life-threatening injuries.
He remains hospitalized in critical condition, Holubetz said.
The Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT) was called to the scene to conduct an investigation.
Butterfield Road was shut down in the area of the crash for several hours during the investigation.
Holubetz said that physical evidence left at the scene and images captured on an automated license plate reader camera led investigators to identify the suspect vehicle and locate the driver.
Charges have not been announced yet against the driver.
The incident remains under investigation and anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Vernon Hills Police Department Investigations Division at 847-362-4449.