Suspect Wanted: Hit and run crash injures 3 cyclists

Justin Webber and Mika Torkkola (Source: Facebook)
Justin Webber and Mika Torkkola (Source: Facebook)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Investigators are searching for the vehicle that hit and injured three cyclists, one of them seriously, Monday night.

The victims are Justin Weber, Mika Torkkola and Mathew Bartol. Torkkola said Weber is in the intensive care unit with a head injury at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. Torkkola and Bartol suffered bumps and bruises. Their injuries are not considered serious and they are not hospitalized.

"It all happened so quickly and slowly at the same time. It's just tough to put in to words how it was," said Torkkola.

Louisiana State Police said the hit and run crash happened on Nicholson Drive near Innovation Park Drive, which is north of Gardere Lane, just before 10 p.m. 

Troopers believe the three cyclists were riding one behind the other on Nicholson when a vehicle hit them from behind. They reported witness accounts indicate the vehicle turned east on Innovation Park and continued away from the scene.

According to the other victims, Weber was at the back of the pack and took the brunt of the hit. They added he was wearing a helmet, but think it flew off from the hit. They also said doctors are reporting Weber may have some cognitive function damage.

Based on witness statements, troopers believe they are looking for a red four-door Nissan Frontier. Investigators added it may have front end and passenger side damage.

LSP reported witnesses described the driver as a 6'0" tall white man with short black hair and a goatee. It was also reported he was wearing brown shorts.

The crash is still under investigation.

If you have any information about the wreck, you are asked to call Louisiana State Police Troop A at 225-754-8500.

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