MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The family of an Iraq veteran who was injured in a hit-and-run crash in October is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible, the Minnesota State Patrol said.

Twenty-nine-year-old John Byro, of Madelia, suffered serious injuries on Oct. 27, when his motorcycle collided with an unknown vehicle at the intersection of Highway 19 and Highway 5 near Gaylord, Minn. Byro got help only when a driver found him lying in the middle of the road, authorities said.

The unknown vehicle, which fled the scene of the collision, is believed to be a light-colored passenger vehicle or SUV with damage to the rear. Byro is in critical condition, authorities said.

Byro’s sister, Amy Byro, keeps her brother’s dog tags close as he fights his toughest battle yet.

“That’s not how a military member should go,” she said. “He deserves more respect than that.”

John, a former Marine, completed two tours of duty in Iraq, and he is currently in his third year of college at Metropolitan State University, where he is studying law enforcement.

Doctors said that John will likely spend the next 7 to 10 days in intensive care.

“To see him in the hospital with so many tubes in him and not able to talk, it just breaks my heart,” Amy Byro said.

If you have information about the suspect or the vehicle, call the Minnesota State Patrol at 507-389-1172.

UPDATE: The family of John Byro has increased the reward from $3,000 to $5,000 hoping someone will come forward and help resolve the case.

Comments (14)
  1. j speedbag 64 says:

    i hope they catch this guy or gal……..hoping this warrior makes a full recovery….

  2. MB says:

    The written version says “damage to the rear”. At 2:14 of the video, Liz Collin says “damage to the rear or rear bumper”, not rear fender.

    Was the “unknown vehicle” going in reverse?

    It doesn’t take much to knock over a motorcycle. That could happen by just brushing the back of the vehicle and the driver, especially if it’s a high SUV, may not even know the motorcycle hit it.

    1. BYRO says:

      Get your story correct before you make such stupid comments. The police are looking for a car or SMALLER SUV. The motorcyle that was hit was not a tiny motorcycle. Unless the other driver was heavily intoxicated they know they collided with something. And even if they didn’t know at the time…. lets go with your far fetched story and assume they had no idea they nearly killed someone; are you telling me that you wake up in the morning with a big dent and different colored paint on your vehicle and don’t say to yourself “hmm, I wonder what I hit?”
      Then you see the newspapers and TV and you still don’t think “maybe that was me that hit him?” If the other driver wasn’t at fault why haven’t they turned themselves in? Answer that you smart ass. If you are innocent there should be no reason to hide!

      1. MB says:

        I was unaware that I need to do research before commenting. So, after reading your reply, I checked for other sources and found a newspaper article (http://www.startribune.com/local/133336578.html). It also says the vehicle “will have damage to the rear”. So, the “hit” part of hit-and-run didn’t make sense to me. That’s the reason I commented, pure and simple.

        The newspaper says: the motorcycle collided with a vehicle that then left the scene. But you say several times in your reply that the vehicle hit or collided with the motorcycle. The rear-end damage would imply the opposite. You may think it stupid, but it’s simple logic. If leaving-the-scene-of-an-accident is the same thing as hit-and-run under the law, then I was wrong to question it.

        The really important thing though is that he recover from his injuries. While visiting a hospital ward several years ago, I remember a motorcyclist patient whose body had healed, but whose head injury had confined him to a wheelchair following an accident. His father had made a board with various symbols on it, that was attached to the handlebars, and he used to communicate what he wanted. That was in 1978. Hopefully advances have been made since then.

  3. don't know you, but praying says:

    Are you for real??
    Your comment is nothing short of ridiculous AND ingnorant!

    Actually shame on me, as it isn’t even worthy of response…

    Continuing to pray for this man and his entire family.

  4. just sayin says:

    Too bad you didn’t endure any of that pain. People like you deserve to be placed in those situations.

    1. just sayin says:

      i smell stinky down there

  5. DHM0207 says:

    End the war. I can’t believe what I’m reading you are one ignorant person to write something so stupid and selfish. it takes some kind of monster to hit another human being and leave them there to die. What a soul less coward and that’s the kind of person you must be to make such a stupid and ignorant remark.. This poor man served our country. That’s probably more than you’ll ever do in a your life time.. You are a first class idiot God bless that man and his family

  6. Freedom rider says:

    If someone rear-ends you and it isn’t your fault- are you obliged to stay and help? The person that hit you has just possibly dragged you into a police investigation, your name in the “news”paper, you may need to hire an attorney, etc. It should be optional to stop if its not your fault. What difference does it make if they find the person that was rear-ended or not? Sounds like a vengeful witch hunt to me,

    1. Common Sense? says:

      It is believed that the driver of the other vehicle pulled out in front of John. And if that is the case it would be their fault. But even if it wasn’t their fault, you stop to see if the person is alright, instead of leaving them lying in the middle of the road.

    2. COLONEL says:

      Not sure what the law is there but some states have a LAW THAT SAYS IF YOU SEE OR WITNESS AN ACCIDENT YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO STOP !

  7. What?? says:

    You stop because it’s the law. And it’s the decent and humane thing to do. If it’s not your fault, what are you afraid of? Put yourself in his place if you have the mental capacity to do so. Frankly, i doubt it. Your IQ is showing.


    Freedom Rider??? Really?

    The police believe that the other vehicle pulled out in front of the motorcycle. The motorcycle was driving down a highway… he did not have a stop sign, either direction that the other vehicle came onto the road required them to first stop at a STOP sign. Apparantly they either didn’t stop or didn’t see the big bright headlight coming at them. Either way this was a plain and simple accident until the other vehicle LEFT the motorcycle driver on the road to DIE! He was found laying in the middle of a highway. You should be ashamed of yourself and your comments. Maybe you were the one who hit him???

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