Witnesses needed to fill gaps in possible hit and run


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist DATHAN HULL

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Posted on June 18, 2013 at 11:34 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 18 at 11:40 PM

TRAVIS COUNTY, TX --- The brother of a motorcyclist who he believes was severely injured by a hit and run driver last weekend is counting on the help of witnesses or others who may have information about exactly what happened. 

The crash happened early Saturday, June 15, around 12:37 a.m. on Highway 290 West and Circle Drive in southwest Travis County. 

Bart Brown was on his Motorcycle going westbound and was close to home when he told his brother that a red pick-up heading eastbound on 290 turned left onto Circle Drive right in front of him cutting him off. 

When that happened the front wheel of Brown’s motorcycle hit the back of the truck flipping his bike causing it to hit the guardrail. 

Bart Brown now has serious injuries and Doctors told him he will need multiple surgeries. 

Detectives with the Texas Department of Public Safety received several different accounts as to what happened from several different witnesses, everything from the possibility of an animal crossing the highway to another vehicle being involved. However, exact details remain unclear. 

D.P.S. says there was a car of witnesses who stopped to help the injured motorcyclist, however they left the scene without leaving their names nor contact information. 

“If there's any information that they have we'd really appreciate it. If they saw a vehicle, a color, a license plate or anything, we'd really like to have that information so we can find out who this was and bring them to justice”, says Jay D. Brown, the victim’s brother. 

A taillight from a Dodge Truck, year model 2007 to 2009 was left behind at the scene and Bart Brown’s brother Jay D is convinced it came from the truck that he says cut his brother off. 

Brown also told KVUE that the only reason his brother is still alive is because he was wearing his helmet. 

“I'm a firm believer in wearing helmets. I've lost a lot of friends on bikes.  I've been a bike rider for most of my life and the ones I haven't loss have always been wearing a helmet”, added Jay D. 

Please call the Texas Department of Public Safety at (512) 424-2000 if you have information.