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Veteran offering $25K reward for hit and run conviction

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TUCSON- A 72-year-old Green Valley man is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person who crashed into him.

Around 10:45 p.m. on Sept. 16, 2017, Vietnam veteran Tommy McDonald, was riding his mountain bike home from a restaurant.

He was turning into his neighborhood, near Duval Mine Rd. and N. La Canada Dr., when a driver slammed into him from behind.

“Wham! The last thing I remember is I grabbed the mirror and ripped it off the car and that was it.”

The crash left him with a broken collarbone, five fractures and internal injuries.

He spent 40 days in the hospital. He spent three days at Banner University Medical Center and the remainder of the 40 days at the VA Hospital.

He was rehabilitated and has regained full function of his legs.

McDonald and his brother are offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

“Anybody that would hit and run, I mean, if I hit a rabbit on my bicycle I feel bad and try to save the rabbit,” he said. “It is really low.”

McDonald is resilient, keeping his spirits high.

“I am a Vietnam vet, Army, and I got through that without a scratch!” he said. “Then this kind of stuff happens.”

McDonald used to bike 10 miles a day. He said his bike was outfitted with lights.

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department is in need of leads. If you have any information, officials urge you call 911 or 88-CRIME, to remain anonymous.

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