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Friend releases new information about couple injured on I-95

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

Friends of the couple mysteriously injured by what police are calling a projectile on Interstate 95 are releasing new information about Tom and Betty Doyle and what happened to them.  It's a case that has baffled investigators and put the community on edge.

Family friend Sue Harrigan tells NBC12 just over a week later, both Tom and Betty are still in serious condition. Much of the focus is on their recovery, but now the family is offering a $10,000 reward for help solving this mystery.

The Doyle's trip from the Philadelphia area to Florida to visit a relative took a tragic and mysterious turn on I-95 South near the Chippenham interchange last Thursday. Harrigan says she is hopeful as doctors move forward with their care at VCU Medical Center hundreds of miles from home.

"It's difficult but we're really just focusing our attention on supporting them and helping them get better," she explained.

We've learned The Doyles are known as pillars of their Pennsylvania community. Betty is a cross country coach at a local high school and Tom is described as brilliant and hardworking.

Many NBC12 viewers have contacted the station wondering if they should be concerned about a shooter on the interstate or if in fact the Doyles were struck by gunfire. Virginia State Police maintain there is no conclusive evidence to suggest those injuries are the result of gunshot wounds. Much of that part of the investigation continues at VCU Medical Center. According to authorities, the Doyles were hurt so badly, they haven't been able to have surgery just yet and whatever it was that hit them hasn't been recovered from the wounds.

So for the first time, the Pennsylvania couple's loved ones are reaching out to the public and anyone who may have been on that part of the interstate around 11:30 last Thursday night. If it turns out that whatever it was that injured the couple was caused by some sort of criminal activity, the family is hoping a $10,000 reward will be incentive to call in tips.

"If you saw something and this was a family member of yours that it had happened to, you would want to have the answers to the questions we're asking," Harrigan added. "So please don't hesitate to come forward."

If you know anything that can help solve this case, call State Police at 553-3408.

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