ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. - Update 6/15/2019 11 p.m.: The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office said they worked with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office to find the vehicle that was involved in a hit-and-run on Race Track Road that killed two bicyclists.
However, the occupants of the home where police found the car weren't there when they served a search warrant.
TRAFFIC HOMICIDE UPDATE:— SJSO (@SJSOPIO) June 16, 2019
SJSO Detectives, along with officers with the JSO have served a search warrant and recovered the vehicle (2016 Hyundai) from today’s hit and run crash of two bicyclists.
The occupants of the home were not present; more info. will be released when avail. pic.twitter.com/1xdmtVqy3p
Update 6/15/2019 7 p.m.: Deputies are searching for the driver of a 2016 black Hyundai Azera believed to have hit and killed two bicyclists on Race Track Road.
The area between the I-95 and 9B flyovers where the bicyclists were hit is known as the old Racetrack Road. It drops down to two lanes and there’s a thin shoulder – a few feet on each side.
“The first thing that always happens in the cycling community, we try to figure out, is it somebody we know?” Heather Neville said.
As detectives were working to track down the hit-and-run driver, Neville was checking on her friends.
She's a cyclist herself and works with the county to plan bike and pedestrian routes. She said she no longer bikes the stretch of Race Track Road.
“Somebody hit their sideview mirror on my handlebars when I was on Race Track, and I was in the lane. They came around me too tight,” she said.
Bicyclists have all the same rights and responsibilities as drivers. Florida law says bicyclists should ride in the roadway when there is no bike lane. Neville said it’s crucial to their safety.
“Ride two-by-two in the motor vehicle lane because what that does is you can be seen especially on long stretches of road,” she said. “The cars can then go around safely rather than trying to squeeze between oncoming traffic and the bicycle.”
Neville said the county has come a long way in bicycle and pedestrian safety but there is a lot of work to be done.
“It’s just mission critical that everybody get involved in this conversation whether you ride bicycles or not,” she said.
Deputies have not yet identified the two people killed.
Update 6/15/2019 5:25 p.m.: The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office tweeted that Racetrack is open and traffic is flowing in both directions.
(Cont) Detectives have reason to believe the vehicle is localized to the area of Racetrack Road and the Bartram Park area (SJC or Duval travel patterns).— SJSO (@SJSOPIO) June 15, 2019
Anyone with information/Video to share is asked to contact Detective James Jackson at 209-2142. *Photo not the actual vehicle. pic.twitter.com/FBHtcL0enw
TRAFFIC UPDATE:— SJSO (@SJSOPIO) June 15, 2019
Racetrack Road is now open in both directions from US1 North to SR13. pic.twitter.com/uuozjxp2Lz
Two bicyclists are dead after a hit-and-run crash at 5401 Racetrack Road, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Department.
The crash happened between I-95 and the 9B flyover. Right now Racetrack Road is closed from Bartram Park Boulevard to U.S. 1.
BE ON THE LOOKOUT:— SJSO (@SJSOPIO) June 15, 2019
The SJSO is on-scene of a fatality crash involving a hit and run vehicle on Racetrack Rd. The current description is of a dark colored mid-sized sedan (possibly a cross-over style vehicle), driven by a black male wearing an orange shirt. (More).
Action News Jax saw half a dozen witnesses at the crash site. Deputies say they are working to notify family.
(Cont.) The vehicle struck bicyclists along Racetrack Road near Bartram Springs. The vehicle was last seen heading westbound on Racetrack and should have front end damage.— SJSO (@SJSOPIO) June 15, 2019
Racetrack Road is closed in both directions from US1 North to Bartram Springs. pic.twitter.com/jw7zft4KOg
Deputies are searching for a driver who hit & killed two bicyclists on Race Track Road, per @SJSOPIO.— Brittney Donovan (@brittneyANjax) June 15, 2019
- believed to be in dark colored mid sized sedan
- hit bicyclists on Race Track Road between 95 and 9B
- deputies talking with half a dozen witnesses @ActionNewsJax @WOKVNews pic.twitter.com/FxdJb8i97j
This story is developing. Check back for more updates or follow us on Twitter @actionnewsjax .
#BREAKING NEWS: Deputies say a driver hit two bicyclists on Race Track Road in St. Johns County and fled. Sheriff's office says significant injuries involved. Working to get more info from FHP, the agency working the case @ActionNewsJax @WOKVNews— Brittney Donovan (@brittneyANjax) June 15, 2019