Bruce D. Burge
Bruce D. Burge
Age 58    Robert , LA    November 11 2012
Comments: 8

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.

Collision Data

Crash time: between midnight and 2:59 a.m.

Closest Intersection:

Land use: Rural

Road type: Rural Arterial

Where on the road the collision happened: Road

Collision type: Rear-end

Driver Data

Vehicle type: Automobile

If truck: Unknown

At crash time driver was: Hit & Run

Sources

Source: News Report
Type: TV
Pos/Neg: Neutral
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 Status

Legal status: Felony
Against: Against Driver
Civil Suit filed?:
Settled?:
In favor of:
Type of Charge: Negligent Homicide and Hit and Run Driving

Comments:

  • Deborah Perry Nansel November 18 2012

    Bruce was my brother. We are just heartbroken about this. I will never be able to tell you just how much he meant to me. He had a heart of gold. He would do anything for you to please you even if you said no. He was the hardest worker I have ever known. He was a veteran of the Vietname era. Bruce had 2 children and 5 grandchildren. Two of the grandchildren he had not met yet, but he was getting ready to go meet them for the first time. Bruce was smart, kind and generous. Bruce lived in homeless shelter, but that doesn’t mean that he didn’t belong to us. He was really happy living in Lousianna and was getting his life back in order. He could make friends so easily and he had many many friends. He commented on Facebook that he finally found his home. We will miss you BB.

    • Denise Malbrough November 19 2012

      Dear Ms. Nansel

      I am so very sorry for your loss. My husband and I knew Bruce and he was indeed a very nice man, quiet, very polite, and very intelligent. He would come to our house to visit. He kept the yard clean and made many improvements to the ‘Vet’ house. He loved to ride his bike and collect cans and other metals from the roadsides. He actually was doing a service by cleaning up the roads and people would stop to thank and help him. He usually had a little trailer on the back of his bike. But I think what he loved most was getting on his bike and just riding in the country. Hammond, LA has lost a good citizen and we have lost a good friend.

      • Deborah Perry Nansel November 20 2012

        Denise,

        Thank you so much for your kind comments. It means alot to me and I will share your words with my sister, Julie and his daughter Tanya, son Dusty and sisters Desiree and Denise and his brother Buddy. Bruce really did love living in Lousiana. He mentioned on Facebook once that he finally found his home. We will really miss him.

        May I ask, how did you know him?

        Debbie

        • Deborah Perry Nansel November 20 2012

          A fund has been set up at Wells Fargo for Bruce Dean Burge under the name Nellie Hoskins to help get his daughter, Tanya to Lousianna and to cover the funeral costs if anyone would like to help.

          • Julia Faircloth November 20 2012

            Denise Malbrough,

            Thank you so much for the kind comments about Bruce.  He was my brother too.  Your description of him made me smile because it is so much like Bruce.  The work he did for people down there was a labor of love, because he loved to work.  He touched people’s lives in ways he never knew and the only compensation he ever cared about was a simple “thank you”. 
            I am stunned to see all these names on this site.  I had no idea that so many bicyclists are hit so often.  Each name represents a terrible loss to so many families and friends.

            • Denise Malbrough November 20 2012

              Ms. Nansel

              Mark (my husband) and I worked at Quad Area in the Veterans department. Mark was a Case Manager and I was the Data Specialist. We were laid off in 2010. When we moved into the house we’re in now, Bruce helped us move. He didn’t want to take any compensation, but Mark slipped it into his cigarette pack! We moved near his house, and he would come over and have coffee and talk with us often. He was the type of person that you liked to be around and always enjoyed his visits. Have any arrangements been made? Is he to be laid to rest here in Louisiana? We would love to know as we want to pay respect to him.

              • Deborah Nansel November 21 2012

                Denise,

                My sister, Julie & I are flying out there on Monday and will stay thru Thursday early morning. His daughter, Tanya will arrive before us. We want to do something on Wednesday, but I don’t have exact details at this time. I will post on this site when I know.

                It is so nice to know that Bruce had friends there such as you guys.

                Debbie

                • Deborah Nansel November 21 2012

                  Place of burial: Cremation

                  Funeral home info: Wright and Calvey 985 542 2222

                  Memorial contributions: Memorial Fund for Bruce Dean Burge at Wells Fargo Bank. Check contributions may also be made to the order of “Memorial Fund for Bruce Dean Burge” and mailed to Julia Faircloth, P O Box 126, Newberg, Oregon 97132

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