How investigators solve hit-and-runs

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Monday, June 23, 2014

AIKEN COUNTY, SC (WRDW) -- For three months 66 year old Billy Bagwell's health has been hanging in the balance, leaving family wondering who ran him over.

"We were all upset. It was shocking and we were worried," said family friend Ella Priest.

Billy was leaving the gas station when one woman hit him with her car she fled the scene and family members say they didn't expect him to make it.

Bagwell was in shock trauma for 2 weeks, and in a medically induced coma. It wasn't until this month that he became responsive and the woman who allegedly left him in the street was arrested on Saturday, 29-year-old Tonya Logue.

"I'm glad they found her. She needs to learn that you cant run," Priest said.

Investigators say tips from CrimeStoppers led to the arrest. Hit-and-run accidents are sometimes the hardest to solve. They say the first thing they do is try to piece together evidence left at the scene, but when there isn't much that's when it gets harder; forcing them to rely on tips from the community.

I know she was probably scared. I don't know what her condition may have been. It wouldn't have been near as bad for her if she stopped," Priest said. "It's a dangerous place. There are five intersections."

Bagwell like so many others in this neighborhood walk to the gas station, crossing a busy intersection with no cross walk. The Vietnam vet has eight grandchildren and his family is rallying around him hoping he comes home soon.

"I'm hoping he can get to where he can walk so he can spend time with his family," Priest said.

Bagwell is still recovering at a nursing home in North Augusta. Tonya Logue, the woman accused of hitting him is facing hit and run charges, operating an uninsured vehicle, and suspicion charges.

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