POSTED: Monday, November 5, 2012 - 5:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, November 12, 2012 - 5:26pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — As a family waits in a local hospital for news, police work to find the driver responsible for placing their loved one in critical condition.
“It’s a wait and see situation right now,” Brad McKee told NBC33 News when explaining the condition of his younger brother, Blake McKee. “Just last night, the day after it happened, there were 25 people in the waiting room to see how he was after surgery.”
Blake McKee was placed in critical condition after he was struck by a vehicle while walking across Alvin Dark road in the Tigerland area. Blake was one of the many on campus Saturday, Nov. 3 for the LSU football game.
Now, Blake is fighting for his life.
“When he got to the hospital early Sunday morning, they did a CAT scan. Then they did another one, and for some reason the doctor had a hunch that something wasn’t right,” Brad explained. “He did another scan and noticed that he was internally bleeding. Blake had emergency brain surgery. They had to remove part of his skull to relieve the pressure.”
The surgery was completed at noon on Sunday, Nov. 4. His family and friends pray for his recovery.
“We don’t know if he will come out of this the same Blake that he was when he went in,” Brad said. “It will be weeks before we know which direction his brain is taking.”
While his family focused on his recovery, police work to find the hit-and-run driver.
“People in the community are the eyes and ears,” Cpl. Tommy Stubbs, Baton Rouge Police Department, said. “I’m sure somebody was present that night that saw what happened and can provide the information we need.”
Along with a reward for information from Crime Stoppers, Cajun Contractors, the company Blake works for, is offering an additional $10,000.
“Blake is well respected in the community and at his job,” Brad said. “You always hear when something tragic like this happens that they are the best person. Blake really is the life of the party.”
BRPD says the vehicle is described as a 1999-2002 Honda Accord EX. It is said to have alloy rims, missing the driver’s side mirror, and missing the center cap on the left front tire. We’re told the vehicle may possibly have damage to the left front side.
“The most important thing right now is not catching who did it, it’s the health of my brother,” Brad emphasized. “Prayers come first, and if you have information please come forward, that’s secondary.”
If you know anything about this incident 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.