Man's leg severed, woman's gashed after hit and run - WNEM TV 5

Motorcyclist's leg severed, woman hurt in Burton hit-and-run

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RJ and Courtney Ryan (Source: Family) RJ and Courtney Ryan (Source: Family)
RJ and Courtney Ryan (Source: Family) RJ and Courtney Ryan (Source: Family)
BURTON, MI (WNEM) -

Authorities say a man's leg was severed and a woman's leg gashed after an SUV barreled into their motorcycle and took off.

It happened about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, June 30 at the intersection of Bristol and Belsay in Burton. 

Burton Police Department said a white SUV was eastbound on Bristol Road when it struck a motorcyclist with a passenger.

The driver of the motorcycle, RJ Ryan, suffered injuries that required part of his leg be amputated. His passenger and wife, Courtney Ryan, suffered a severe cut to her leg.

"This is the most horrendous pain I have ever felt in my life. I cry every time I look at my husband's amputated leg. We are so grateful to be alive but can't fathom how someone could hit us and just leave us for dead. We have had so many prayers and support from so many people that we don't even know. The kindness and humanity of so many strangers is overwhelming and beautiful," Courtney told TV5.

Friends and family of the couple are working to not only help them in their recovery but bring that driver to justice.

"They were at a four-way stop sign," said Delacie Johnson, a niece of the victims. "You were just on their way home actually to see their kids."

A family's life was changed forever when a hit-and-run driver left two motorcyclists on the side of the road with serious injuries.

"When they made a stop an SUV came up from behind them and sideswiped them, then fled the scene," Johnson said. 

Police are now asking the community to be on the lookout for a white SUV with front-end damage.

"It ended up severing my uncle's leg to the point that they had to amputate it because it couldn't be saved," Johnson said. "My aunt's leg was broken in three places and she had a really bad 4-inch laceration on her leg.

Johnson said the married couple was rushed to Hurley Medical Center in Flint where they are still in recovering.

She said the pair loved working and riding motorcycles with RJ working at Church and Sons Auto Repair in Davison.

"He's one of the best fathers you're ever going to meet," said Rod Church, the owner of Church's and Sons Auto Repair.

Church has nothing but good things to say about his employee.

He said it's a shame someone could hurt someone so severely and just drive away.

"Really makes you sick," Church said. "That somebody would leave someone like that and not even stop to help."

While the driver didn't stop to help, family and friends are hoping the community will step up to catch the driver.

She has also started a  GoFundMe page to help RJ and Courtney and their three children.

"I hope that they're able to not worry about what's going on at home, bills because they can't recover that way," Johnson said. "Their kids can't recover when they're worrying about what's next. They should just worry about right now."

Anyone with information about the crash or the suspect vehicle is asked to contact the Burton Police Department.

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