Suspect's mother urges him to surrender

DEQUINCY, LA (KPLC) - DeQuincy Police are still looking for the man they believe is responsible for a fatal hit and run. Aaron Berzas has been in hiding since Thursday night after police say he hit 48-year-old Wendell McBride, who was riding his bike on Highway 27. McBride was pronounced dead at the hospital.

According to police Berzas abandoned the vehicle and took off on foot. Their main witness is Berzas' passenger, Elzey Bridges, II. Authorities said Bridges had just got out of jail some five hours before the accident. He's been cooperative with the investigation.

Meanwhile others will likely be charged in helping Berzas make his getaway. Detectives aren't sure where Berzas is but have talked with him several times by phone and urge him to surrender.

We did speak with Berzas' mother. She declined to go on camera but said she has been in contact with her son.

"I've talked with him several times. He's scared out of his whits. He wants to turn himself in but fears he may spend the rest of his life in jail. I'm also so sorry to the McBride family. I'm am so sorry. I know that my not be any consolation, but they are in my prayers." said Sue Berzas. "I just really want Aaron to turn himself in. I just want him home. He has said he was going to turn himself in a couple of times but he is just scared."

Berzas' criminal history dates back to 1996. He's been free on parole for the last year after serving two years for drug charges. Authorities believe impairment may have been a factor not only with Berzas, but also with the victim. However, they won't know for sure until autopsy results are in. Also still pending the results from State Police's reconstruction of the scene. All may shed light on what happened that night, but investigators believe the real answers will come from Berzas himself.

A reward is being offered for information leading to Berzas' arrest. Judge Wilford Carter has set bond at $20,000. Berzas will be charged with felony hit and run and driving under suspension. If convicted he could be sentenced to a maximum of ten years in jail.

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