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Man arrested for hit-and-run Sunday

Posted at 4:30 PM, Feb 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-16 00:21:30-05

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tucson police arrested 46-year-old Troy Gosnell in connection to a hit-and-run Sunday afternoon that sent a bicyclist to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Gosnell is in the Pima County Jail on two aggravated assault charges and leaving the scene of an accident.

Family identified the bicyclist as 44-year-old Louis Baker, but they say he goes by Jack.

Baker was riding his orange bike northbound in the bike lane on Craycroft when the driver hit him from behind and drove off.

Baker's aunt, Patricia Lopez-Hayes, spoke to Nine On Your Side Monday about her nephew's injuries.

She says he has four broken ribs, two broken vertibrae, a ruptured spleen, a fractured skull, internal bleeding and tire marks cover his leg.

"I could never imagine seeing tire marks on the entire leg of him. It's completely down the right leg of him, the right leg is a tire mark," said Lopez-Hayes.

Baker has a daughter, a stepdaughter and he is expecting his first grandchild in June.

His aunt says he lives less than a mile away from the hit-and-run and was on his way to help a friend install carpet in his house when he was hit.

"He is strong, I know he is going to be ok. He is going to recover," she said.

Lopez-Hayes says they are upset that they driver never stopped.

In fact, surveillance photos show the Gosnell at a store at 2:51 p.m. yesterday. That is just six minutes after Tucson police say they received the 911 call. 

"To hit someone and not stop, to hit someone and then be seen at Walmart shopping, I don't get that," said Lopez-Hayes.

Bond for Gosnell has not yet been set.