Arrest made in cyclist fatal hit and run

Police search the road for more pieces that may have broken off the SUV.
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Indianapolis Metro Police have made an arrest in a fatal hit and run that left a cyclist dead last Saturday.

Police arrested Michael Anderson, 35, after an anonymous tip that a green truck with front-end damage was parked in the 6200 block of Sandyside Drive.

Officers questioned Anderson and later arrested him following an interview. He was preliminarily charged with Failure to Stop at the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Death, a class C felony. The Marion County Prosecutor's Office will review the probable cause affidavit and make the final charging decision.

The accident happened around 9:45 p.m. Saturday, near 2600 N. Emerson Avenue. Police say a vehicle struck 52-year-old Earmon "Bud" Hubbard III. He was rushed to Wishard Hospital in serious condition, but died Sunday morning.

Hubbard's family learned about the arrest at an unexpected time Tuesday.

"I was with my sisters, getting Bud's burial plans ready. Ever since Bud has passed away, everything has been hard upon the family," said Byron Hubbard, the victim's brother.

He believes his brother had just left work and was heading to the bus stop to go home when he was hit.

Monday, IMPD updated the description of a vehicle wanted in connection with the incident. Officers were looking for a 1997-2001 dark hunter green Mercury Mountaineer with tan trim. It was that description that led to the anonymous tip that helped break the case.

Lt. Mark McCardia said Hubbard was his riding bike south on Emerson Avenue just north of I-70 when he was hit from behind by the SUV.

Police have one witness who saw the SUV hit the bicyclist. A police sergeant who was also in the area heard the crash and was able to help the victim.

While the arrest is welcome news, the Hubbards say they aren't out for vengeance.

"We have to forgive people and have mercy upon them," said Byron Hubbard.