Car involved in deadly hit-and-run of 2 bicyclists found in Jacksonville

St. Johns County deputies identified victims but names won't be released

By Roxy Tyler - Web producer, Allyson Henning - Reporter, Zachery Lashway - Reporter/anchor

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Two bicyclists were killed Saturday morning in a hit-and-run crash on Racetrack Road, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office. Investigators found the car involved but are still looking for the driver responsible.  

The Sheriff's Office announced late Sunday it had found the 2016 Hyundai that hit and killed the bicyclists but have not identified any suspects.

The victims killed on the bicycles have been identified but both families have enacted Marsy's Law which allows them to keep their names private.

Authorities said the vehicle struck and killed the bicyclists on Racetrack Road between Durbin Pavilion Parkway and U.S. Highway 1 near Bartram Springs Parkway around 10 a.m. Saturday

"Given the dynamics of this crash, that individual had to have known he had struck something or she had struck something,” SJCSO spokesman Chuck Mulligan said.

Heading westbound on Racetrack Road, which is the direction the car and bicyclist were traveling in, there’s a sign that reads bicycles may use full lane on the roadway in which the speed limit is 45 mph.

Only crime tape remains at the scene Sunday where the two bicyclists were hit and killed.

News4Jax crime and safety expert Ken Jefferson said when the driver doesn't stop, it turns what could have been an accident into a criminal case. 

"What you have to understand is that you're amplifying the entire situation when you leave that scene and that person is either injured or in this case, unfortunately, two people were killed by a driver who left the scene," Jefferson said.

Deputies say the people who lived at the home where they found the car were not there and the investigating is still ongoing.

"Law enforcement officials have forensic ways of determining who was the driver of a certain vehicle," Jefferson said.

St Johns County deputies have not named any suspects or announced any arrests.

Anyone with information/video to share is asked to contact Detective James Jackson at 904-209-2142 or the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office at 904-824-8304. 

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