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Fresno burn center chief William Dominic, seriously hurt on bicycle, seeks help to find hit-run driver

Dr. William Dominic, left, director of Community Regional Medical Center’s burn unit, gives an update in March 2015 on Fresno Fire Department Capt. Peter Dern, who was critically injured during a house fire. Fresno Fire Chief Keri Donis, right, and others from the fire department and hospital flank Dominic.
Dr. William Dominic, left, director of Community Regional Medical Center’s burn unit, gives an update in March 2015 on Fresno Fire Department Capt. Peter Dern, who was critically injured during a house fire. Fresno Fire Chief Keri Donis, right, and others from the fire department and hospital flank Dominic. Fresno Bee file

Dr. William Dominic, director of the burn center at Community Regional Medical Center since 1992, is asking the public for help to find the hit-and-run driver who struck him while he was riding his bicycle home from work late last month.

The doctor was seriously injured in the accident Feb. 26.

The collision took place as Dominic was northbound on Fresno Street at Holland Avenue, near the major cross street of Gettysburg Avenue. He was struck from behind by a tan Toyota Camry or similar vehicle.

The driver fled the scene while dragging the bicycle underneath the car, which was last seen traveling east on Gettysburg Avenue.

On Wednesday, Dominic released a statement thanking the people who responded to the accident and the community for their thoughts.

 “I’m healing after being struck on my bicycle and critically injured by a hit-and-run driver about 1 a.m. on Feb. 26. ... As an avid cyclist I ride my bike back and forth to work every day, which I’ve done for years. And even though my bike was well lit and in the proper lane, someone hit me after I left the hospital to go home after finishing a late night surgery.”

Dr. Jim Davis, chief of surgery and trauma at Community Regional, said other doctors have stepped in to treat burn patients while Dr. Dominic recovers. “Fortunately, we have other highly trained surgeons,” he said. Davis said he expects Dominic to return to work soon.

Dominic said he hopes the driver who struck him will come forward or that anyone who saw the accident will call the police department.

“My job is to save lives and heal people, and I would hate to think that person could do this to someone else. I thank you in advance for your help.”

Witnesses who know anything about the driver or the suspect car are asked to contact police Detective Sammy Ashworth at 559-621-6436 or Crime Stoppers at 559-498-STOP.

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