Friends donate blood for hit-and-run victim

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Posted: May 17, 2010 6:34 PM by Rachel Frost
Updated: May 17, 2010 7:14 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Michael Bitton, hit and run, fundraiser, blood donation, cycling, LSU, Ride of Silence

Dozens of people donated blood for a local bicyclist who is fighting for his life.

Michael Bitton, an LSU graduate student, was hit by a pickup truck while biking on River Road last Saturday morning.

Louisiana State Police linked car parts from the truck found at the scene to 30-year-old Marshall Hahn of Lacombe.

Hahn turned himself in to police Sunday and was arrested for hit-and-run. Hahn faces five different charges, including felony hit and run, passing a bicyclist, careless operation of a vehicle, driving under suspension and negligent injury.

Bitton remains in critical condition and will have to undergo additional surgeries. His LSU cycling teammates say they're willing to face the needle if it could help their friend.

"We're a team," said Ethan Boudreaux. "We all like to support each other, and because of the terrible accident that's happened to him, it's brought us all closer together."

LifeShare Blood Center will have two donation buses at Chelsea's Restaurant today from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. during a fundraiser for Bitton.

The fundraiser will start at 8 p.m. following the "Ride of Silence," a bike ride for cyclists who lost their lives after being hit by motorists.

Several bands are scheduled to perform at the fundraiser. Money raised will help pay for medical bills and travel expenses for Bitton's family.

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