Hit-and-run suspect arrested as victim begins road to recovery

The suspect was released from jail on a $600 bond.
Published: Apr. 3, 2023 at 11:58 AM EDT
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SWITZERLAND COUNTY, Ind. (WXIX) - A man is on his road to recovery after he says someone tried “to completely” run him over.

David Osborne says he was riding his bike home on State Road 56 in Switzerland County on March 12 when he was hit by a vehicle.

“I was just coming from the store and he tried to completely run me over,” says Osborne.

The suspect, according to the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Office, is 19-year-old John Hayes.

“He didn’t even come back,” Osborne says. “He didn’t even come back to see if I were alive or dead and that’s scary.”

Investigators searched for the driver for more than two weeks. Then, on March 31, the sheriff’s office says Hayes was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident and obstruction of justice.

Osborne says he does not remember much about the crash which still has him shaken up.

“I was screaming in pain and all kinds of stuff,” recalled Osborne.

Osborne was in the hospital for three days and is now going through physical therapy daily.

“He broke my shoulder and broke six ribs, fractured my arm, gave me stitches on my head, but they’re gone now,” Osborne says of the injuries he suffered.

Osborne says he has not been sleeping well since being hit, but he is glad a suspect was caught.

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