Thursday morning around 11:40, the NC State Highway Patrol (SHP) responded to a hit & run collision in Caldwell County on US 221. 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 61-year-old Ignacio Giraldo 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.