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Hit and run suspect surrenders to authorities

Marshall Hahn (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office) Marshall Hahn (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)

By Keitha Nelson - bio | email

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.

Burton Guidry, Hahn's attorney, released a statement following his client's arrest.

"Our investigation so far reveals that the accident was unavoidable and that the cyclist was traveling River Road in an area that has no bicycle path and inadequate shoulders, and where cyclists must travel within the roadway in the path of oncoming vehicles," Guidry said.

"It is our understanding that at least four cyclists have died in the past 10 years after being hit by vehicles in the same area of River Road. Marshall and his family sincerely regret the error in judgment in his not remaining at or near the accident scene. Marshall and his family are praying for Mr. Bitton's full recovery and wish him and his family Godspeed," he added.

Bitton remains in the intensive care unit fighting for his life.


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