Bicyclist killed late Saturday in a hit-and-run accident near Vero Beach

VERO BEACH, Fla. - A bicyclist was struck and killed, and another suffered minor injuries, in a hit-and-run collision with a car Saturday evening near Vero Beach, according to a Florida Highway Patrol news release.

The crash happened around 9:35 p.m. in the 3900 block of 1st Street SW, south of Vero Beach, according to the release.

The 38-year-old victim, and the other biker, were riding their bicycles east on the south paved apron of 1st Street SW when an unknown vehicle, believed to be a Toyota, traveling in the same direction as the bikers, approached them from behind.

The vehicle partially left the road, struck the first bicyclist and continued traveling along the south shoulder of the road, striking the second bicyclist.

The impact with the vehicle caused the bicyclists to be ejected onto the south grassy shoulder of the road. The driver left the scene of the accident.

The first bicyclist struck by the vehicle died at the scene and the second was transported to Lawn Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and released. The victim's name has not been released pending notification of next of kin.

Authorities believe the vehicle that struck the bicyclist is a black Toyota Camry or Solara, manufactured between 2007 and 2010.

Anyone with information regarding the accident is asked to contact the Florida Highway Patrol or Indian River County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-8477.

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