An 85-year-old man is suffering life threatening injuries after being struck by a vehicle that fled the scene in the city's east end.

London police were called to Dundas and Hale Streets at about 6 p.m. on Tuesday after receiving multiple reports that a cyclist had been hit.

Police put out a call Wednesday asking witnesses to the accident to come forward as they continue to search for the driver. 

The identity of the 85-year-old man has not been released. 

Hale and Dundas

A cyclist is in hospital with life threatening injuries after being struck in the city’s east end near Hale and Dundas Streets. (Hala Ghonaim/CBC)

Edgar Zapata owns Marvel Pizza on Hale Street, next to where the cyclist was hit. He was working when he heard the sirens of emergency crews rushing to the scene.

"I walked outside and I saw a bike on the street and a school bag [on the ground]. The bike was mangled, the frame was completely bent."

"I felt really sad," he said. 

Police temporarily closed Dundas Street between Highbury Avenue and Hale Street for their investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.