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Police search for hit-and-run driver in Hebron

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The following photo of John Schaeffler and his family was provided by the his friends. The following photo of John Schaeffler and his family was provided by the his friends.
HEBRON, CT (WFSB) -

A Hebron man has a long road to recovery after he was hit by a driver and left on the side of the road Friday night. 

According to police, John Schaeffler, 42, was traveling eastbound on London Road at about 6:30 p.m. when he was hit from behind by a motor vehicle near the Jan Drive intersection.

When he was struck, Schaeffler, who was not wearing a helmet, was ejected from the bicycle and sent 20 feet in the air before hitting the ground, police said.  Melanie Schaeffler, who is John Schaeffler's wife, said her husband was hit so hard, his shoes had been knocked off his feet.

"Why would somebody hit me and not care if they were dead or alive?" Melanie Schaeffler asked.

John Schaeffler was taken to Hartford Hospital with serious injuries, police said. He is being treated for a fractured neck, herniated bladder, damaged back, torn ligaments and a fractured pelvis, his wife said.

Melanie Schaeffler said she was alerted about the crash by a neighbor.

 "I at first didn't believe it and said no," Melanie Schaeffler said, recalling that night. "He's at Gay City. He's riding his bike right now. He's not hit by a car. And he said no, 'He's up the hill and you need to come with me.'"

When Melanie Schaeffler got up there, her husband was already on a stretcher.

"He was telling me that he's sorry that this happened, he'll be OK," Melanie Schaeffler said.

Debris left at the scene had a Ford etching on it. Investigators determined that debris belonged to a 2012 to 2014 Ford Explorer.

Police said they believe they are looking for a blue or black 2012 to 2014 Ford Explorer with damage to the front right head light and grille of the motor vehicle.

The family is begging for the public to help find the driver.

"It's not even a person," Melanie Schaeffler said. "It's more like an animal to me now."

The crash remains under investigation by Connecticut State Police. Anyone with any information is asked to call police at 860-537-1500.

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