Daughter of Michael Olson, Cedar Rapids motorcyclist who died after hit and run, waiting for justice

'There is no punishment that will be harsh enough'

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CEDAR RAPIDS — The daughter of the Cedar Rapids man, who was hit by a car while riding his motorcycle and later died, had harsh words for the driver who fled the scene.

“I wish you could feel even an ounce of the pain that he did or the grief that we feel not only from the loss of our loved one, but because you left him there to die alone in a puddle of his own blood,” Cara Anderson said in an email to The Gazette. “There is no punishment that will be harsh enough, only the little bit of peace that you will someday have to suffer some type of consequence for your actions and face what you have done.”

Anderson’s father, Michael A. Olson, 63, died Tuesday from injuries he sustained when he was riding his motorcycle on Oct. 1. Police said Olson was hit by a car around 3:17 p.m. at 20th Avenue and C Street SW.

The driver of the car — described as a woman in her early 20s with long black hair — fled the scene on foot. The car, a 2000 Honda Accord, was reported stolen on Sept. 26. The license plates were stolen off another vehicle, police said.

Olson, a graduate of Washington High School, was married for 40 years and had three children, three grandchildren and four siblings, Anderson said. Olson loved camping, fishing, riding his motorcycle, “tinkering around” outdoors and watching local bands, his daughter said. He loved the University of Iowa Hawkeyes and rooted for former Iowa players in the NFL.

“He was the kind of person that would give someone he barely knew the shirt off his back (and) always offered a helping hand when he could,” Anderson said.

No services are planned, but a celebration of Olson’s life will be held at a later date, according to his obituary.

Cedar Rapids police still are seeking the public’s help in identifying the driver. Anyone with information is asked to call Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-272-7463 or send a text to CRIMES and in the message type 5227 and the tip.

l Comments: (319) 398-8238; lee.hermiston@thegazette.com

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