Family and friends of hit-and-run victim seek help finding driver

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Family and friends of a man hit by a car near LSU late Saturday are asking for the public's help in tracking down the driver who fled the scene.

Family members of 28-year-old Matt Tugwell set up a Facebook page where they're posting updates on the man's condition and details of the incident.

Baton Rouge Police confirm they are investigating a hit-and-run that occurred around 11:20 pm Friday near the intersection of State Street and Dalrymple Drive. No other official information has been released.

Tugwell's girlfriend Ellen Ogden tells 9News that Tugwell is in stable condition in intensive care at a local hospital after undergoing surgery Sunday to repair fractures in his leg. He also suffered head injuries, but doctors are confident there will not be any neurological damage, she said.

According to witnesses, Tugwell was walking along State Street when a car hit him, tossing him into the air and back onto the car. The driver then allegedly sped off down Dalrymple after Tugwell rolled into the street.

Ogden said a fireman answered Tugwell's phone when she called looking for him and explained what happened.

Witnesses gave conflicting reports on the exact type of vehicle involved, but all said it was white in color and most certainly has damage to the windshield. One witness thought she saw a Carmax sticker on the back.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 344-STOP (7867) or text tips to CRIMES (274637). Include CS225 at the beginning of the message. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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