19-year-old charged with leaving scene in fatal hit-and-run

Motorcyclist struck, dragged, killed in Daytona Beach

By Loren Korn - Reporter

Daytona Beach police said a fatal hit-and-run started over a fight about motorcycles and on Friday, they arrested the man who they said killed the motorcyclist to get even.

"Our suspect Christopher Moore, he is a coward," said Chief Mike Chitwood.

Police said Moore was driving the van that fatally struck 41-year-old Roger Martin last Sunday.  Investigators said Moore and two of his friends are from Georgia and were in town for Spring Break, when they got into a fight with Martin outside the Cruisin' Café.

"Roger, our deceased, gets into the van probably as a distractionary method and puts it in drive. The car starts to slowly roll away from the altercation," said Chitwood.

That's when police said Martin took off, which angered Moore and he wanted to get even.

"What he intended to do, Christopher Moore, what he wanted to do. He did. He murdered somebody in cold blood for no reason whatsoever and let that man lay on the sidewalk to die," said Chitwood.

Police said the group tried to cover up the murder but investigators used traffic cameras and tag readers to track down Moore and the van, which police said was found sitting outside a Georgia high school.

Moore is being held without bond and is charged with leaving the scene of a crash with death. He will be extradited back to Daytona Beach and police said his charges could be upgraded to murder.

As for the other two people involved, police said they are still being interviewed but will not face charges, because they told the truth.

Martin's family was also at Friday's conference about the arrest, but declined to comment.

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