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Young Lewisburg native hospitalized by hit, run crash in Murfreesboro

Friday, June 22, 2012

From staff reports

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Police on Wednesday found an SUV described as the car that hit a man who grew up in Lewisburg last weekend, police said.

Donald Faulkner, 22, "is still in stable condition" in Vanderbilt University Medical Center after arriving at the hospital by Life Flight helicopter on June 16 at 1:09 a.m., Vanderbilt spokeswoman Ashley Culver said Thursday.

Faulkner was a Marshall County High School graduate. Police listed his address as Apartment No. 1, 223 Haynes St., Lewisburg, but it's believed he's been living in Murfreesboro. During August of 2010, Faulkner appeared in a Marshal County Community Theatre production of the musical "Broadway."

He was injured during the collision when he was riding a bicycle.

"There have been no warrants issued," Police Major Clyde Adkison said Thursday afternoon about the on-going investigation. "We've not interviewed anyone."

Nashville TV stations televised police traffic video showing the gold-colored SUV did not stop, prompting his sister, Rebecca to tell WKRN, "It is about responsibility and doing unto others as you would have them behave toward you."

Adkison said, "We're still trying to get the video enhanced."

The hit and run was "near the Wal-Mart at the intersection of South Rutherford and Mercury boulevards around 12:30 a.m." Saturday, WKRN said.

Atkison said, Officer Terry Spence on Wednesday located "what he believes to be the vehicle of interest which left the scene. There appears to be evidence which was left on the vehicle."

Scratches and evidense of paint the color of Faulkner's bicycle were found on the SUV.

WTVF reported "A Hyundai Santa Fe crossover was found at an apartment complex" in the vicinity of Middle Tennessee State University, and that "after obtaining a search warrant, police impounded the vehicle for further investigation and evidence processing."

Murfreesboro Police Officer Brice Robbins appeared before Judge Mark Rogers to request and obtain a search warrant for the suspect vehicle, Adkison said. The warrant was issued and executed late Wednesday afternoon. The vehicle of interest has been seized from a local apartment complex located in Murfreesboro. It has been impounded for further investigation and evidence processing.

Meanwhile, police have been searching for anyone who was in the SUV at the time of the collision.

Murfreesboro Police say people with information about the crash should call Crime Stoppers at 615-893-7867.