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Bicyclist Found Dead Near UC Santa Cruz

SANTA CRUZ (CBS SF) -- The body of a 25-year-old man was found Wednesday morning near the University of California at Santa Cruz campus, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The man was found by a passing bicyclist around 8 a.m. on Empire Grade Road south of Heller Drive, according to the CHP.

It appears the man was hit by a vehicle as he was riding his bicycle and that the vehicle's driver fled afterward, the CHP said.

The man is a resident of Santa Cruz, but his name is being withheld pending notification of his family.

The vehicle that struck him was either a maroon or metallic burgundy-colored Nissan or Infinity that has sustained some damage, according to the CHP.

The CHP is investigating the hit-and-run collision and asks any witnesses or anyone with information to call (831) 662-0511.

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