This 33 year old man, Michael Bitton is in the hospital in critical condition because someone hit him while he was cycling and just took off…left him lying in a ditch for dead!
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The man believed to be responsible for sending an LSU graduate student to the hospital with life-threatening injuries was arrested Sunday afternoon.
According to Louisiana State Police, Marshall Hahn, 30, of Lacombe turned himself in around 2 p.m. He was accompanied by an attorney.
Hahn is accused of hitting Michael Bitton, 34, as he rode his bicycle along River Road early Saturday. Investigators said after hitting Bitton, Hahn drove off in his friend’s black 2005 Toyota Tundra. Trooper Russell Graham said after getting a tip from the public, detectives were able to find the Tundra, which led to Hahn turning himself in.
“You get in a crash and I understand people get scared when things like that happen,” said Graham. “But you need to stop and you need to check on these people to see what’s going on. State law requires you to stop and render aid.”
Hahn was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of felony hit and run, negligent injuring, careless operation, driving under suspension and failure to give a 3-foot safety zone to a bicyclist.
Danielle just got back from donating blood for him.
There is also a ride Wednesday for anyone interested
Baton Rouge area bicyclists are riding Wednesday night to raise public awareness of bicyclists who have been injured or killed on public roads, including an LSU graduate student who was struck from behind Saturday morning.
The memorial ride is the Ride of Silence and was already scheduled before 34-year-old Baton Rouge bicyclist Michael Bitton was severely injured on River Road near Brightside Lane.
The new route for the ride will start in the parking lot on Skip Bertman Drive and River Road across from the LSU Veterinary School, according to a Baton Rouge Advocates for Safe Streets news release .
The ride starts at 7 p.m.
Riders will head down Nicholson Drive to Government Street and proceed to Acadian Thruway before returning to the Veterinary School.
The 10-mile ride should be finished at 8 p.m., according to the news release.
Riders and residents are invited to Chelsea’s under the Perkins Road overpass following the ride for a benefit to raise money for Bitton.
The LSU Cycling team is organizing a benefit to help defray medical costs for Bitton and his family as a result of the accident.
Helmets are mandatory for the ride and lights are highly recommended. If possible, riders should wear a black armband for those who have died or a red armband if the rider has been injured by a motorist.
For more information about the nationwide memorial ride visit: http://www.rideofsilence.org
Great update this morning. Mike has been moved from ICU to a regular room and continues to improve! Get better soon Mike!!