Source: Louisiana State Police are trying to notify the victim's family and identify a suspect in a hit and run crash that left a bicyclist dead just after midnight Sunday. The incident occurred two miles north of Hwy. 190 on LA 445 in the Robert area. Police said the 58-year-old male bicyclist was struck from behind by someone driving a maroon sedan, possibly a Saturn. The victim’s body wasn’t discovered until near day break. Meanwhile the suspect in the hit and run is also being sought. It’s believed the vehicle may have suffered damage to its right front bumper, quarter panel and windshield. "Anybody with any additional information regarding the vehicle itself or the bicyclist, anything that happened in that area, whether it be a broken down vehicle or any type of situation, we'll certainly be looking for that information," said Manale. People who live in the area where the crash occurred say they’re surprised someone hasn’t been hurt sooner. They say increased traffic on the road, coupled with crumbling pavement and a lack of shoulders have made LA 445 more hazardous. "I hate that somebody has to get hurt before somebody will recognize this," Conner Vance said. Updated Source: Troopers arrested a 51-year-old Hammond man on negligent homicide and hit-and-run driving counts in connection with the death of a bicyclist earlier this month, State Police reported Friday. Michael Murtagh, who surrendered to authorities Thursday, was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail, according to a State Police news release. Shortly before midnight Nov. 10, Bruce D. Burge, 58, of Hammond, was struck and fatally injured while riding a bicycle on La. 445, authorities said. A break in the case came when an off-duty trooper spotted a vehicle that was believed to have hit Burge, troopers said. The State Police Crime Lab examined evidence from the incident as part of the investigation into Burge’s death.
Crash time: between midnight and 2:59 a.m.
Land use: Rural
Road type: Rural Arterial
Where on the road the collision happened: Road
Collision type: Rear-end
Vehicle type: Automobile
If truck: Unknown
At crash time driver was: Hit & Run
SourcesSource: News Report
Link if Website: http://www.wwltv.com/news/northshore/State-Police-seeking-victims-family-identity-of-suspect-in-fatal-hit-and-run-179173681.html
Legal StatusLegal status: Felony
Against: Against Driver
Civil Suit filed?:
In favor of:
Type of Charge: Negligent Homicide and Hit and Run Driving