Police may have car from hit-skip

WARREN – Police found a car Friday they believe was involved in a hit-skip accident early New Year’s Day that severely injured a man.

A police spokeswoman said the car was found abandoned at a vacant York Street home about 5:15 p.m. A neighbor called 911 about the abandoned car, the spokeswoman said.

Officers towed the car and it will be held to be processed for evidence, possibly over the weekend, the spokeswoman said.

Harold Rice, 46, was hit by a car as he was riding his bicycle at Tod Avenue and Summit Street about 2:50 a.m. Tuesday and the car speeded away. He is in the hospital being treated for his injuries.

Police had a license plate and a description of the vehicle they were looking for but were not able to find it until Friday.

The bicycle was found 150 feet away from where Rice was lying, according to reports. A license plate also was found near where Rice was struck, along with his shoes.

Family members said Rice had to have heart surgery at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, where he is being treated, and also must have plates placed in his legs. They said it is unclear if Rice will be able to walk again.

The car police were looking for is a 2000 beige Lincoln, according to reports.