Hit-N-Run Drags Victim Four Blocks

A Baton Rouge man is still in critical condition Wednesday night after being hit by a vehicle, but that wasn't the worst of it. In this Crime Stoppers report, WAFB's Matt Williams tells us that it's what happened next that brings us to where we are now.

A warning, some of the descriptions in this report may be graphic.

It was in the early morning hours of June 18 when police were called to the intersection of Main Street and Kernan Avenue in midtown Baton Rouge. That's where they found 41-year-old Joseph Bindon. Police say he had been hit by an SUV.

Joseph's mother, Rosetta Bindon, remembers that early morning when the police knocked on her door: "I came to the door and he said your son Joseph's been in a car accident. They came in and I sat right here and he said the accident is real bad."

Real bad was an understatement. You see Joseph wasn't hit at Main & Kernan; he was hit near the intersection of North and 35 Streets.

"The victim was struck by the vehicle and got stuck up under the front right corner and was dragged approximately four blocks," according to Lt. Jim Wingate of the Baton Rouge Police Department.

This is the route the vehicle took, with Joseph wedged underneath: down Main, a left onto Kernan, and then a right onto Main Street.

"We haven't been able to determine the velocity of the vehicle other than it was traveling at a moderate rate," says Lt. Wingate. "For unknown reasons the victim was out in the roadway when he was struck."

For an agonizing two tenths of a mile, Joseph was dragged. The upper part of his body stuck between the tire and the wheel well, jammed so tight the wheel couldn't turn. You can still see the trail the tire left as it skidded along the roadway. Another thinner line is a blood trail.

"Practically his whole backside was drug away from him," says Rosetta. "They drug him so much that his spine and back, you could see nothing but bone."

Turns out the vehicle was stolen a couple weeks before this incident. It was found abandoned in north Baton Rouge shortly after the hit and run. Now police and family are trying to put all the pieces of the puzzle together.

If you think you can help police with this investigation, call Crime Stoppers at 344-STOP. You can remain anonymous, and you could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Reporter: Matt Williams mattwilliams@wafb.com