Vehicle description released for hit-and-run crash that injured cyclist

Vehicle description released for hit-and-run crash that injured cyclist

POSTED: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 1:30pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 5:53pm

The Baton Rouge Police Department has released information on the vehicle believed to be responsible for a hit-and-run crash that injured a Baton Rouge cyclist.

Investigators believe a dark colored Toyota Corolla or Camry struck cyclist Sarah Garza in the early morning on Tuesday, Jan. 1. Investigators say glass from the passenger side headlight was left at the scene, as well as the front passenger mirror. We’re told the windshield on the passenger side may have been broken as well.

“I feel very, very lucky to be alive,” Garza said. “By the way my bike looks and the way I got hit, I should have died. It bothers me thinking about it now. I miraculously came out of that and survived.”

The crash happened near the Perkins Road Overpass at the base of the bridge going into a residential area. Garza was transported to a local hospital where she says she received a dozen stitches to her head, and sustained bruises all over her body.

“I remember a girl with curly hair,” she described. “I remember seeing the pool of blood on the road that they pulled me from. That was when I started freaking out. I kept repeating, ‘Please don’t let me die. I don’t want to die.’

“The last thing I remember was hearing, ‘She’s going into shock.’”

If you have any information regarding the possible identity of the driver involved in the hit-and-run crash, please call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP (7867). You can also text your tip to CRIMES (274637). Include CS225 at the beginning of your message.

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