Deputies: Driver arrested on suspicion of DUI after 2 bicyclists hit in St. Johns County

St. Johns County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Caleb Richter (St. Johns County Sheriff's Office/WJXT)

NOCATEE, Fla. – A man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after two bicyclists were struck by a vehicle Saturday morning on Palm Valley Road in St. Johns County, deputies said.

Caleb Richter, 20, is facing DUI charges.

Both bicyclists had to be airlifted from the scene to a hospital. As of Sunday morning, both were in stable condition, continuing to receive treatment for severe injuries.

The Sheriff’s Office said the driver of the car, Richter, stayed on scene after the accident.

On Sunday morning, the Sheriff’s Office announced it had arrested Richter. Deputies said witnesses saw him driving recklessly over the posted speed limit when he lost control of the vehicle, sideswiped another vehicle and then struck a third vehicle. The chain of collisions sent him careening towards the two cyclists, deputies said.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the investigation is ongoing.

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A Jacksonville native and proud University of North Florida alum, Francine Frazier has been with News4Jax since 2014 after spending nine years at The Florida Times-Union.