Hit-and-run driver flees after striking bicyclist - WKRN News 2

Hit-and-run driver flees after striking bicyclist

Posted: Updated: June 19, 2012 8:56 PM CDT
Donald Faulkner was struck by a vehicle early Saturday morning in Murfreesboro. Donald Faulkner was struck by a vehicle early Saturday morning in Murfreesboro.
Donald's sister, Rebecca, is hopeful the person responsible will be found. Donald's sister, Rebecca, is hopeful the person responsible will be found.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -

The family of a 22-year-old Lewisburg man is asking for the public's help to locate the driver of a gold-colored SUV that struck him while he was riding his bike in Murfreesboro, early Saturday morning.

The driver kept driving after striking Donald Faulkner.  

"It is about responsibility and doing unto others as you would have them behave toward you," sister Rebecca Faulkner said.

The incident occurred near the Walmart at the intersection of South Rutherford and Mercury boulevards around 12:30 a.m.

Faulkner was taken via LifeFlight to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville where he was last listed in serious but stable condition.

"He is walking a little, it seems that his tongue is pretty swollen and he is having trouble hearing," Rebecca said.

She said her brother has been able to walk some and does not appear to have any broken bones.

He does, however, have several injuries to his head that required multiple stitches to close.

His family said doctors told them he may also require speech therapy as a part of his long-term recovery.

"In the past year, he was homeless for about three months. He had just now got a place, so he was doing well," she said. "He is very creative. He is working and supporting himself despite what he is going through."

Video from surveillance cameras at the intersection show the car hit Faulkner and continued on without stopping.

After making it through the intersection, the driver appears to realize what has happened and slows before quickly speeding off.

Police said they made the decision to release the graphic video in hopes someone will recognize the car and be able to identify the driver.

Faulkner, who has seen the video, wants anyone with information about the wreck to call police.

"It made my stomach turn," she said. "I hope they find the person. To think someone would just drive off and not take responsibility."

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 615-893-STOP (7867).

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