Hit and run victim healing

California Highway Patrol officers still need help from the public in apprehending a hit and run suspect who struck a cyclist in Carnelian Bay, July 30.

Sharon Peplau Baylies, 55, of Kings Beach was hit when she was riding her mountain bike in the southbound lane of Carnelian Bay Road near the "fiber board freeway."

"We take this as a very, very serious crime," Sgt. Timothy Malone of the CHP Truckee said. "We encourage any leads that will help us identify a suspect."

Hit from behind by a black, older two-door sedan, Baylies suffered broken ribs, a broken clavicle and hip injuries.

Baylies' husband, Larry, said she is starting to heal.

"Her ribs are hurting less, her clavicle is starting to heal and her lung is reinflated and functioning on it's own," he said. "Her right foot is also mending."

He said she is in traction and the doctors are hoping her pelvis will knit back on it's own.

Doctors said they will wait to see how she heals because the only other alternatives are a bone transplant or a hip replacement, but they are hoping to avoid this because she is so young, Larry explained.

He said the doctors told him they've never seen anyone her age suffering such injuries and still live. They said she's still alive because she is in such good shape, he added.

Larry said they are concerned because such a dangerous man is still at large.

"The hardest thing for her, other than not coming home, is knowing he's still out there," he said.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his late 20s or early 30s, approximately 6 feet tall with a medium build. He has a clear olive complexion and, at the time of the hit and run he wore a thin mustache.

The vehicle is a black, older two door sedan in good condition with shiny chrome. Malone said there could be some damage to the left side of the vehicle.

Anyone with any information should call Officer Steven Skeen at (530) 582-7570.


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