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Driver who hit road construction worker in 2014 turns self in

TROOP A- ***UPDATED NEWS RELEASE***September 4, 2015 Troopers Arrest Hit and Run Driver that Injured a Construction Worker in Ascension Parish Donaldsonville – At approximately 11:45 pm on November 21, 2014, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a hit and run crash involving a roadway construction worker that occurred on LA Hwy 30, west of LA Hwy 73 in Ascension Parish. The crash seriously injured a male worker in a construction zone. On January 20, 2015, Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers aired a request seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspect vehicle. Crime Stoppers received a tip that Mark Burke owned a silver 2005 Ford Mustang that was possibly the hit and run vehicle.On January 22, 2015, Troopers made contact with Burke at his place of employment. Burke admitted to owning the Mustang. Burke informed Troopers that he was in New Orleans at the time of the crash and that his vehicle sustained damage from his mother striking it with her vehicle.Troopers obtained a search warrant for Burke’s Mustang and upon examination by the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab, it was determined that both the driver’s side fender and mirror had been recently replaced. In addition, damage was noted to the A pillar of the vehicle. Troopers determined that the damage was not consistent with Burke’s statements and determined that the damage was consistent with striking a pedestrian.On March 18, 2015, Troopers obtained a search warrant for Burke’s cell phone records. These records showed that Burke sent incriminating text messages and indicated that Burke was in the area of the crash on the night in question and not in New Orleans as he had stated.On September 1, 2015, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Burke for Felony Hit and Run and Obstruction of Justice. Troopers also obtained a warrant for Burke’s mother, Dolores Dindlebeck, for Accessory After the Fact and Obstruction of Justice. On September 4, 2015, Burke and Dindlebeck turned themselves in to Troopers at the Ascension Parish Jail. Louisiana State Police would like to thank Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers for their assistance in this case. Contact Information:TFC Bryan LeeLouisiana State PolicePublic Affairs Section – Troop A

Posted by Louisiana State Police on Friday, September 4, 2015
Mark Burke turns himself in (Source: WAFB) Mark Burke turns himself in (Source: WAFB)
Burke's mother, Dolores Dindlebeck was also arrested (Source: WAFB) Burke's mother, Dolores Dindlebeck was also arrested (Source: WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Louisiana State Police say the driver who hit a road construction worker in 2014, leaving him badly injured, turned himself in Friday morning.

Louisiana State Police reported Fredrick Mitchell, 38, of Baton Rouge, was hit in a construction zone on LA 30 near LA 73 in the Geismar area on November 21, 2014 around 11:45 p.m. Mitchell was taken to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital with serious injuries.

Tpr. Jared Sandifer said the vehicle that hit Mitchell was traveling in a closed lane in the construction zone and drove off after the crash. "When I came to, I was in the hospital," Mitchell said.

In January, Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers aired a request seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspect vehicle. Crime Stoppers received a tip that Mark Burke owned a silver 2005 Ford Mustang that was possibly the hit and run vehicle. From that tip, troopers made contact with Burke at his place of employment. Burke admitted to owning the Mustang. Burke told Troopers that he was in New Orleans at the time of the crash and that his vehicle sustained damage from his mother striking it with her vehicle.

Troopers obtained a search warrant for Burke’s Mustang and upon examination by the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab, it was determined that both the driver’s side fender and mirror had been recently replaced. In addition, damage was noted to the A pillar of the vehicle. Troopers determined that the damage couldn't have been caused by another vehicle or pole, and the damage was more likely to be caused by hitting a person.

On March 18, 2015, Troopers obtained a search warrant for Burke’s cell phone records. These records showed that Burke sent incriminating text messages and indicated that Burke was in the area of the crash on the night in question and not in New Orleans as he had stated.

On September 1, 2015, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Burke for Felony Hit and Run and Obstruction of Justice. Troopers also obtained a warrant for Burke’s mother, Dolores Dindlebeck, for Accessory After the Fact and Obstruction of Justice. 

On September 4, 2015, Burke and Dindlebeck turned themselves in to Troopers at the Ascension Parish Jail.

Mitchell had several surgeries and stitches, and he tells 9News that he is still dealing with his injuries and medical bills. Police say that if the victim's job had not contacted Crime Stoppers to develop new information, it is possible that they would have never found the person they believe to be responsible for the accident.

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