UPDATE: Driver that hit bicyclist in Jackson County thought he hit deer and didn't stop

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JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) - UPDATE: 9/28/2018

A gray or silver 2005-2007 Jeep Liberty, similar to this one, is suspected in a hit-and-run involving a bike on Sept. 25, 2018 on South Hill in Jackson County, West Virginia.

Jackson County Sheriff's deputies say the SUV driver in a hit-and-run crash that hurt a bicyclist Tuesday on Route 21 told them he thought he hit a deer and continued driving home.

According to Jackson County Magistrate Court records, at 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, John Wesley Hall, 43 of Ripley, was driving a 2005 silver Jeep Liberty on Route 21 near Bibbee Ridge when he struck a bicycle ridden by John Baker and left the scene.

Baker was taken to Jackson General Hospital and then transferred to an unspecified out-of-county hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

The report says just after 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Hall and his girlfriend came to the Jackson County sheriff's office and said he was the driver of the Jeep Liberty that hit Baker's bicycle on Tuesday night.

In a written statement given to investigators, Hall said he left Sissonville after dark on Tuesday driving on Route 21 toward his home in Ripley. He said something struck the right front of his Jeep at the top of South Hill.

Hall assumed he had hit a deer, so he continued driving home.

That's when he discovered his Jeep's passenger's side front fender flare was missing and the turn signal and fender on that side were damaged.

Hall told investigators he then drove to his girlfriend's home in Sissonville, this time taking Route 33 to Interstate 77 instead of Route 21, where he borrowed his girlfriend's truck and left his Jeep in her garage because the damaged turn signal didn't work.

Hall then drove back to his home to Ripley on Route 21, but he didn't see any emergency vehicles or investigators at the crash scene, which had been cleared by that time.

In a written statement, Hall said he didn't know about the crash until Wednesday morning when his girlfriend called him at work to say she had seen a news report about the crash involving a silver Jeep Liberty that happened around the same place and at the same time Hall had mentioned he hit a deer.

She then picked Hall up at work and they drove to the sheriff's office to report the incident.

After the interview, investigators arrested Hall and charged him with one felony count of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.

He was arraigned Wednesday and is being held in the South Central Regional Jail on $10,000 bond.

Hall's next court date has not yet been set.


UPDATE: 09/27 3:35 P.M.

Authorities in Jackson County have identified the victim and a suspect in a hit-and-run incident in Jackson County.

It happened Tuesday around 7:45 p.m. on South Hill between Ripley and Fairplain.

Jackson County Sheriff Tony Boggs says John Hall is facing charges after John Baker was hit from behind by a Jeep Liberty while riding a bicycle.

Baker was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Authorites have not released information about his condition.


UPDATE: 9/26/18 11:50 P.M.

Jackson County authorities say they're interviewing a person in connection with an alleged hit-and-run incident that sent a man to the hospital Tuesday evening.

Deputies say a man, who hasn't been identified, was riding his bicycle when he was hit from behind by a light-colored Jeep Liberty about 7:45 p.m.

It happened on South Hill, which is about midway between Ripley and Fairplain, and deputies say the driver left the scene.

Deputies say the seriously injured man was taken to the hospital.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at at 304-373-2290.


ORIGINAL STORY 9/26/18

A search is underway for the driver of an SUV that hit a bicyclist in Jackson County.

The Jackson County sheriff's office says a man was riding his bicycle on South Hill when he was hit from behind by a Jeep Liberty about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday.

The victim was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Deputies say the Jeep Liberty is a light-colored, possibly silver, 2005-2007 model. It has damage to the front passenger side.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the sheriff's office at 304-373-2290.