INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- An Indianapolis man is fighting for his life after an early morning hit-and-run.
According to Indianapolis Metropolitan police, a car hit a bicyclist near 30th and Shadeland around 12:40 a.m. Officers arrived to find a man lying in the road.
He was rushed to Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition. Police identified him as 33-year-old Bronson Gooch and said he was riding his bike south on Shadeland Avenue when a vehicle also heading south struck him.
"He was just riding his bike and someone hit him and left him there laying. It’s just a cruel thing," said the victim's sister Nautica Fielder.
Nautica says her 33-year-old brother Bronson Gooch is in extremely critical condition, with two broken legs, internal injuries and severe brain damage.
"They said full life support, so even if he makes it, his brain is dead," said Fielder.
Strangely, investigators on scene were unable to locate the victim's bike and believe it either got stuck to the suspect's car or the driver actually stopped and picked it up.
"Whoever hit him got out of the car to take his bike. They were trying not to leave evidence," said Fielder. "They took his bike. They took his wallet. They took his phone."
Investigators are searching for an early 1990s Chevrolet Astro van or GMC Safari van in connection with the case. The vehicle may be damaged from the crash.
As for the victim, Bronson's family is staying by his side and praying for answers.
"We love him dearly. I love him with all my heart," said Fielder. "He’s a strong man. He's caring, loving and a hard-working man. I just want to know why. Why they just left him there?"
Anyone who saw a vehicle that matches the description or witnessed someone disposing of a bicycle should contact IMPD Accident Investigations at (317) 327-6549 or submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.