Deadly hit-and-run suspect turns himself in to Blount County authorities

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MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The suspect in a Blount County hit-and-run turned himself in to authorities on Monday morning, 10 days after a deadly hit and run crash that left a bicyclist in critical condition.

Jake Robert Walker, 22, turned himself in after a Blount County hit and run / Source: (Blount County Sheriff's Office)

Jake Robert Walker, 22, faces charges of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death or personal injury.

Walker is being held on a $50,000 bond pending a hearing in Blount County General Session Court at 9 a.m. December 23.

The victim, Troy Christopher Sample, 36, passed away on Wednesday, December 11, according to BCSO.

Deputies said they responded to Peterson Lane near Old Niles Ferry Road around 8 p.m. Friday to reports that a person had been struck by a vehicle.

Witnesses told deputies the vehicle was light in color with bright headlights. Officials said the driver of the vehicle fled the scene after the incident.

Sample was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where officials said he remained in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit until he succumbed to his injuries.

Deputies said an investigation revealed Sample was riding the bicycle on Peterson Lane toward Maryville at the time of the crash.

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