Rash of hit and run incidents on the Treasure Coast

Hit and runs have dominated the news after three fatalities in the past week.

Last year on the Treasure Coast, there were only 3 hit and run fatalities.

Hit and run incidents themselves, are a dime a dozen.

According to the State Division of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, the number of hit and runs are up from the previous year in Indian River, St. Lucie, and Martin counties.

Fort Pierce police say they saw 319 hit and runs last year, almost one a day.

10 involved bicyclists.

Kirk Wilstermann is with the Treasure Coast Cycling Association. He was once clocked by a hit and run driver.

"Two collapsed lungs, all my ribs were broken. A broken collarbone," said Wilstermann.

"Cyclists say one of the big problems is that bike lanes are piecemeal on the Treasure Coast. For example at the Roosevelt Bridge in Stuart, besides a sidewalk, there is a dedicated bike lane. But go north or south of the bridge and there is no bike lane, and you have 6 lanes of traffic on US 1 to contend with.

Wilstermann says despite the dangers, our great weather won't keep him away from the bike.

"I'm not letting someone keep me inside," he said.

But what disturbs him and others is when someone is hit, and no one stops.

Monday in Stuart another person was struck. Investigators say the vehicle they're looking for is a white Chrysler product, likely a small SUV. Witnesses said the driver was a dark haired young woman.


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