A drunken man with a lengthy history of traffic violations and drug use struck and severely injured a cyclist on Des Moines’ west side Sunday morning, then fled the scene, police said.

The crash happened at about 10 a.m. near the intersection of Grand Avenue and Country Club Boulevard, near Temple B’Nai Jeshurun, said Des Moines police spokesman Sgt. Paul Parizek.

Police said the victim is Gregary Wade Franck, 41, who was participating in the Urban Assault bike ride. He was taken to Iowa Methodist Medical Center and is listed in critical condition.

Two other bicyclists were also struck and sustained minor injuries, police said.

Jonathan Rodriguez Leyva, 31, of Urbandale was tracked down not long after the collision, and he was booked into the Polk County Jail at 3:22 p.m. Leyva was charged with second-offense operating while intoxicated, serious injury by vehicle, three counts of leaving the scene of an accident, and multiple traffic violations including driving while barred. He was being held on more than $19,000 bond.

Leyva’s criminal record includes convictions for drug offenses, assault and child endangerment.

Parizek called driving while barred the most extreme restriction police can put on a driver.

“If you’re barred, they don’t want to hear from you for a minimum of five to 10 years,” Parizek said.

Franck had been traveling west on Grand. Urban Assault’s route went through several areas of Des Moines. Josh Kravetz, the ride director, sent an email to participants about the crash.

“The information we were provided is that he was obeying traffic laws and was on the far right side of the road when he was hit from behind,” Kravetz wrote.

Franck, who goes by his middle name Wade, is a manager at Kyle’s Bikes, an Ankeny bike shop. That position made him a well-known member of the Iowa bike community, said Scott Sumpter, the founder of BikeIowa, an online resource for Iowa cyclists.

“Wade was in that. He automatically touches a ton of people,” said Sumpter, who described Franck as “down to earth” and “super kind.”

Sumpter also said Iowa cyclists will pay close attention to Franck’s condition.

“People are watching. It gets people in an uproar real fast … unfortunately, Iowa doesn’t have the best laws to put the hammer down on someone who runs over a cyclist. It’s not the same as a motorist, or even a pedestrian,” Sumpter said.

CRASH DATE: August 16th 2015

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