Fact Finders: Bicyclist Hit, Shocked Driver Hasn't Been Ticketed

OMAHA Questions are being asked by a car accident victim after a ticket has not been issued to the driver that hit him.

Steve Salavec told WOWT 6 News that he spent several days in the hospital after being hit near 20th Street. Salavec said the vehicle turned into him.

"I was like, 'No, no, no' and the last thing I remember is him just hitting me," said Salvec, now sporting bandages on his leg as he suffered a laceration down to his bone.

Police reports indicate that Salavec's bike didnt' have any lights or reflectors. As a result, the driver was never cited.

"It is a law that you have to have a light on the front or rear of your bicycle at night time," said Officer James Shade with the Omaha Police Department. "So make sure that you have that illuminated."

The police report shows that the pickup hit Salavec and his bicycle at 8:01 p.m. According to National Weather Service data, the sunset the night of the accident was 7:57 p.m., four minutes earlier. Salavec said the timing shouldn't have been an issue.

"It doesn't make any sense," said Salavec. He didn't have his headlines on so that's how I know it was still daylight."

A witness who saw the aftermath of the crash told Fact Finders that she thinks the driver should have spotted the bicyclist because he was wearing all white. Officer Shade said they'll look into the case further, noting that while a citation has not been issued sometimes a citation isn't issued for weeks.

Salavec is left hoping that a citation is issued, he's afraid that if one is not issued he won't be able to make a claim for his medical bills.

Fact Finders contacted the driver of the pickup truck involved in the wreck. The driver declined to return our phone calls.