Reward offered in Queen Creek hit and run

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By Jim Carr By Jim Carr

QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. - The Pinal County Sheriff’s Department is looking for the driver in an unsolved hit and run.

Deputies know the driver who crashed into a Queen Creek man and left him for dead also left a piece of their car behind, but don't have much else to go on.

Both Michael Salls and his wife have siblings who were killed by hit and run drivers.

Salls spoke for the first time since the hit and run that put him in the hospital, hoping someone can help police find the driver.

“Everybody tells me after seeing the bike, hearing how fast I was going, seeing the impact, they're surprised I even survived,” he said.

Salls was on his motorcycle heading north on Ellsworth Avenue, crossing Empire Blvd. in the San Tan Valley on July 16 when a car failed to yield turning left right in front of him.

“I remember the headlights of the car,” he said.

Then came the crash, the road rash, the lacerations, torn muscles and serious neck and back pain.

Salls was thrown about 30 yards from the point of impact to the other side of the intersection.

The driver that hit Salls just kept on going, but left behind their front bumper, which was wrapped around Salls' motorcycle.

Police say that bumper helped identify the suspect vehicle as a 2006 or 2007 black four door Toyota Corolla.

Salls hopes this limited information and $10,000 in reward money will lead to an arrest.

If you know anything about this you are urged to call the Pinal County Sheriff’s Department.