Raleigh cyclist’s back broken in 6 places in hit-and-run

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Raleigh police are asking for the public’s help in finding the driver responsible for hitting and seriously injuring a man on the morning of Oct. 26.

UPDATE: Raleigh cyclist injured in hit-and-run takes first steps since collision

According to police, Joseph Shomaker Grubbs, 39, of Raleigh, was riding his bicycle along Glenwood Avenue just after 5 a.m. when he was hit from behind by an unknown vehicle.


The vehicle left the scene after hitting Joseph Grubbs.

Police released a 911 call that Joseph Grubbs himself made following the hit-and-run.

“I’m a bicyclist and I just got hit by a car,” he said. “It came up behind me – I just remember hearing it and then being hit and…there’s no one else around now.”

The cyclist told the 911 dispatcher that he was injured but he wasn’t sure of the extent of his injuries.

“I’m very sore and I have some blood, but it’s dark and I can’t really tell what’s bleeding and what’s not,” he told the dispatcher.

Joseph Grubbs was transported to WakeMed with serious injuries, police said.

Joseph Grubbs’ father, George, said the collision broke his son’s back in six places. Joseph Grubbs also suffered a gash from over his right eye to back of his head.

Joseph Grubbs also broke his scapula and sternum.

He went through a surgical operation Friday where screws were inserted to help stabilize his injuries.

He will undergo back surgery Sunday, George Grubbs said.

Joseph Grubbs is in the neuro ICU and will begin physical therapy Wednesday.

Doctors told George that Joseph will be at the hospital for the next two weeks.

Anyone with information that might assist the investigation of the hit-and-run crash is asked to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP or visit raleighcrimestoppers.org for text and email reporting options. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.

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