Clifford Schwartz: Bicyclist killed in Fort Pierce hit and run accident

Police looking for driver

FORT PIERCE, Fla.

Fort Pierce Police say 55-year-old bicyclist Clifford Schwartz has died after being hit by a hit and run driver Thursday morning.

The accident happened near the intersection of Orange Avenue and 25th street.

Police say Schwartz was turning onto 25th street, passing over the crosswalk when he was hit.

Orange paint marks where he and his bike came to a rest about 20 feet from the crosswalk.

The driver never stopped.

Bisentha Joseph works at the Walgreens across the street from the scene of the accident. She says she sees accidents weekly near the intersection, and doesn't always feel safe passing through the intersection on her way to work.

"[Drivers] just don't care. I don't know, it's crazy," she explained.

She feels no safer after witnessing Thursday's accident.

"I saw someone was laying down on the ground. He didn't move at all. He had, I think blood was on his head or something," Joseph said.

Joseph says a customer ran inside and told her to call 911. She wasn't able to get a look at the hit and run driver. "Why would somebody be hitting somebody and just run like that. Who does that?"

This was the second deadly hit and run bicycle accident in one week in St. Lucie county.

The first killed 64-year-old Nelson Reeves who was in a bike lane along State Road A1A.

"Usually they have something to hide. They have a warrant, they don't have a driver's license or maybe they don't have insurance for their car. In some cases, people just panic," explained Lt. Jim Tedder with the Fort Pierce Police Department.

Investigators say they believe the suspect vehicle in Friday's hit and run accident is a larger gray or tan SUV, possibly a Chrysler, with 22 in chrome rims and tinted windows. It could have front end or side damage.

If you have any information regarding the hit and run Thursday morning, you are urged to call Traffic Homicide Investigator Todd Warner at 772-467-6865 or Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-8477. A crime tip can also be submitted through text message by texting “Tip151 plus your tip” to 274637. Tipsters can be eligible to receive up to $3000 dollars in reward money for providing information on homicides
 

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