Crime Stoppers tip leads investigators to car involved in hit-and-run

Matt Tugwell (Source: Facebook)
Matt Tugwell (Source: Facebook)

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. Thanks to a Crime Stoppers tip, the vehicle suspected as being involved in the hit-and-run was found at a local repair shop.

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.

The latest update reads: Matt is doing well. Still in ICU getting really good care. He is stable, in a lot of pain but he has been talking, asking questions. He really wants to find this person. Still not certain when he will be out of ICU, hopefully tonight, I will post as soon as I know.

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

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.  Police say he was at the intersection and was crossing the street, while on a walk symbol within the crosswalk.

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.

The car, a white Toyota Prius, was taken into possession by police.

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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