Bicyclist Injured in Hit-and-Run on Palm Coast Parkway; Sheriff’s Deputies Locate Car at DSC
FlaglerLive | April 8, 2013
Last Updated: 10:15 a.m.
10:15 a.m. Update: Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies have located a car sought in this morning’s hit-and-run collision on Palm Coast Parkway that resulted in the trauma evacuation of 62-year-old cyclist Terrance Conley.
Deputies found the Dodge in the parking lot of Daytona State College’s Palm Coast campus, not far from the scene of the crash. They waited for a class change. Marquis Norwood, a 19-year-old student from Palm Coast, came out of class and headed for the Dodge, and was apprehended.
“A big thumbs-up on that” for the Sheriff’s Office, Florida Highway Patrol trooper Steve Howard, who is investigating the crash, said. The FHP remains the investigator. “There are going to be charges,” Howard said.
The earlier story is below.
Terrance Conley, a 62-year-old Palm Coast bicyclist, was evacuated by air after he was struck by a car on Palm Coast Parkway near Florida Park Drive at 8 a.m. Monday in a hit-and-run. A witness saw the vehicle that struck the bicyclist and honked at it immediately after the collision, but the car kept going.
Authorities were looking for a dark-gray, four-door Dodge Stratus which should have a missing or broken passenger-side mirror.
“It would be in the best interest of this person to go ahead and come forward and identify themselves that they’ve been in a crash,” a Florida Highway Patrol investigator said at the scene.
Conley was biking east on Palm Coast Parkway, in the outside lane, paralleling Walgreens a few dozen yards before Florida Park Drive when he was struck. He sustained a broken left leg and a broken left elbow. “Severe injuries, but not life-threatening injuries,” the investigator said. Conley was conscious and alert at the scene. But because of the multiple fractures, a trauma alert was called in. Flagler County Fire Flight, the emergency helicopter, landed nearby at Holland Park at 8:18, and took off with the victim at 8:29, heading for Halifax hospital in Daytona Beach.
There were no visibility issues Monday morning. The investigator said that visibility and other factors will be taken into account if and when the driver of the Dodge turns himself or herself in, saying a host of issues may have led the driver to keep going–missing insurance, a suspended license, possession of illegal substances, or the fact that the windows were shut and the driver may not have been aware of the collision. The morning sun was facing eastbound drivers at the time of the crash, and the witness of the crash described the Dodge’s windows and windshield as having morning dew, which can interfere with the driver’s visibility.
“What does a reasonable person, based on what’s going on around them,” the investigator said, “what does a reasonable person see or do? You hear a thump, what do you do?”
Two pieces of the Dodge’s mirror were near the bicycle, which straddled the shoulder and the Parkway. There is no bike lane there.
One of the Parkway’s two lanes was closed to traffic from a little after 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., with the Palm Coast Fire Police controlling traffic. In addition to FHP, Flagler County Fire Rescue, the Palm Coast Fire Department and the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office responded to the wreck. The scene was cleared at 9 a.m.