DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A motorcyclist is dead after being struck by a hit-and-run driver Friday night, Daytona Beach police said.
It happened just before 9:30 p.m. Friday near South Atlantic and Goodall avenues.
A witness told police that he, the victim and a group of other motorcyclists were attending a memorial ride for a friend who died the previous week.
Police said the group started out at the Steak 'n Shake at 1000 West International Speedway Boulevard and went east over the International Speedway Bridge.
The witness told police that when they crossed the bridge, a light-blue BMW almost struck one of the riders in the group. The witness said he followed the BMW over the bridge to Atlantic Avenue, where he continued to follow the vehicle south on the avenue.
The witness and other motorcyclists chased the BMW on back roads, according to the police report.
The witness told police as he caught up to the BMW, the vehicle swerved into the victim's motorcycle. The BMW came to a stop at the corner of Goodall and Atlantic avenues, where three people got out of the car and took off running, the police report said.
The victim was taken as a trauma alert to Halifax Hospital. Police said as the victim was pronounced dead shortly after 10 p.m.
The driver of the BMW was described by the witness as a light or medium-skinned black male who had short dreadlocks and wore a gray T-shirt and khaki shorts, police said.