Historic City News has learned that St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office traffic homicide investigators have developed additional information which may help locate the driver responsible for yesterday’s fatality.
The victim has been identified as Bryan B. Wrigley, 23, West Columbia, South Carolina. Wrigley was a student at the University of St. Augustine and was a member of a local bicycle riding club.
Yesterday afternoon at about 4:00 p.m., when a passing motorist observed debris from the crash in the roadway, they stopped to see what had happened — the witness located the body of the victim in a ditch on the side of the road and called E-911.
Traffic Homicide Investigator, Deputy J.D. McGinnis, tells Historic City News that Wrigley was riding his bicycle westbound on CR-214 (West King Street) Wednesday afternoon when he was struck by a passing vehicle.
“Evidence located at the scene is pointing to a Ford pickup or SUV and possibly a 2000-2005 model,” McGinnis said.
A resident in the area has been located and interviewed that may have witnessed the fleeing assailant. He told deputies that he observed a dark blue, older model Ford Ranger extended cab pickup truck leave the area “in a reckless manner”. The witness said that there was apparent damage to the truck; damage that McGinnis says, “is consistent with the evidence at the scene”.
The witness observed the truck turn south onto CR-13 from CR-214 and described the driver as a white male — possibly in his 20’s.
McGinnis reports that damage to the vehicle involved; should be in the area of the front driver’s side bumper and headlight. The vehicle could be leaking fluids, according to the report.
Anyone with any information concerning these crimes is asked to contact the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office at (904) 824-8304. You can remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a cash reward by calling in information to CrimeStoppers of Northeast Florida at 1-888-277-TIPS (8477).
Photo credits: © 2011 Historic City News contributed photograph by Todd Neville