Indianapolis police close in on SUV involved in fatal hit-and-run

Specific make, model identified

INDIANAPOLIS - Police are zeroing in on the vehicle they believe struck a bicyclist on Indianapolis' east side Saturday night, killing him.

The vehicle that struck Earmon "Bud" Hubbard III, 52, is a 1997 to 2001 hunter green Mercury Mountaineer with tan trim and front-end damage, police said.

Hubbard was hit just before 10 p.m. Saturday in the 2600 block of North Emerson Avenue. He was rushed to Wishard Memorial Hospital, where he died.

Police said Hubbard was riding southbound when the SUV hit him from behind.

Surveillance cameras from Real Man's Tire Company captured the hit-and-run on video. This morning, management turned the video over to police.

"It's bad. I mean, it's just sad for the family that somebody would drive off like that really, and anything we can do to help the family and this community, we want to do," said James Green, who works at the business.

Hubbard's brother, Byron Hubbard, said his family is leaning on its faith in hopes the driver will come forward.

"We hope that God has mercy on him. We have forgiven (the driver). We have chosen not to speculate what was going through that person's mind," Byron Hubbard said. "I have faith in our police force and this process. I hope this person turns himself in."

Police asked anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS or call 911.

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