Police arrest suspect in Burton hit-and-run

RJ and Courtney Ryan

Police have arrested the suspect in a Burton hit-and-run that left two people injured.

RJ Ryan and his wife Courtney were on a motorcycle when a SUV barreled into them and took off.

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

Part of RJ’s leg had to be amputated as a result of his injuries.

"It hurts really bad. It's nonstop pain. It doesn't go away. I have phantom pains. I feel my foot all the time," he said.

His wife suffered a severe cut to her leg.

"I looked over and I saw his leg and it was just the worst thing I've ever seen," she said.

Despite RJ's severe injury, he crawled to his wife.

"Somehow made it to me. He held my hand and told me he loved me," Courtney said.

On Wednesday, July 11, police arrested the man they say crashed into the Ryans.

Scott Taylor, 57, is facing two counts of leaving the scene causing serious injury.

He could face additional charges, police said.

Taylor was arrested the night of the crash in Lapeer for driving recklessly and crashing into several parked cars before landing in a ditch, police said.

Police said evidence left behind at the hit-and-run linked Taylor’s vehicle to both scenes.

"There's a nice place in hell for you because you left us to die," RJ said.

He and his wife were on their motorcycle at a stop sign when they noticed some fireworks in the sky.

"He planted his feet just a little longer than he normally would because the fireworks and then I just remember an impact and pain, automatic pain," Courtney said.

The Ryan family said they are grateful the suspect is behind bars.

"I'm so relieved. I just want justice," RJ said.

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