Columbia police searching for hit-and-run driver in STRIPES incident

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 | 9:07 p.m. CDT; updated 10:42 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, March 24, 2010

COLUMBIA — Police are tracking down a license plate number after a small two-door car struck a 2010 Saturn Outlook driven by STRIPES at 1:25 a.m. Sunday near U.S. Bank on Broadway and Tenth Street.

STRIPES is an MU organization that provides rides to students to prevent drunken driving.

The incident occurred when the two-door car backed out of a parking spot on Broadway. The STRIPES vehicle stopped to allow the car to back up. The car then struck the front of the STRIPES vehicle and drove off. There was one passenger in the STRIPES vehicle.

According to a press release, the STRIPES driver was able to identify the license plate number before the hit-and-run driver fled. The STRIPES vehicle sustained minor damage to the front end. There were no injuries.

Police are trying to contact the owner of the car, and the investigation is ongoing.

STRIPES and the Columbia police urge anyone with information to call CrimeStoppers at 875-8477.

Rob Bratney contributed to this report.

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