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Riviera Beach police have vehicle, person of interest in deadly hit & run

Posted at 7:03 PM, Sep 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-19 17:36:16-04

UPDATE: Riviera Beach Police say they now have the vehicle they believe was involved in the fatal hit and run of 78-year-old Eugene Murphy.

Police say they spotted the vehicle last night but the driver failed to stop. The motorist eventually pulled over in West Palm Beach.

Matthew David Archer, 35, was arrested for fleeing and eluding police.

Police say he was driving a car matching the description of the vehicle in the hit and run. At this point, they are considering Archer a person of interest in the crash.



Brandon Ciggs exercises several times a week on the Blue Heron Bridge. 

"I try to walk about three or four days a week," he says.

On Tuesday morning, 78-year-old Eugene Murphy was hit and killed on the bridge. Riviera Beach police said he was jogging in the bike lane on the north side of the bridge around 6 a.m.

According to police, a gold or tan colored late 1990s to early 2000 Lincoln Town car or Lincoln Continental hit him. Police say it would have damage to the front passenger side or possibly the windshield and front bumper. Witnesses are telling investigators the driver never stopped.

Exclusive video from Chopper 5 shows that police closed down the westbound lanes of the bridge.

Murphy died at the scene.

Though police say have identified a person of interest, they still need the public's help in the investigation

Roseanne Brown with the Riviera Beach Police Department said anyone with information should come forward.

"We just need someone to come forward and tell us whatever they saw. Because it's very important that we be able to get this family closure."

If you have information that can help investigators, call the Riviera Beach Police Department.