Motorcyclist killed in Daytona Beach hit-and-run during Biketoberfest

Officials search for driver of pickup truck

By Matt Petrillo - Reporter , Dawn Jorgenson - Web - News Editor

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A man is dead and another is on the run after a pickup truck collided with a motorcyclist near Daytona Beach on Sunday, the Florida Highway Patrol said. 

Troopers said Jeffrey Martin, 51, of Ormond Beach, died in the crash, which was reported at 5:15 p.m. at 13th Street and San Jose Boulevard.

The FHP said the driver of a 2004 Ford pickup ran a stop sign before he hit Martin, who was driving a 2002 Honda motorcycle.

Martin was rushed to Halifax Medical Center, but he did not survive his injuries, the FHP said.

David Kiel was inside his 13th Street home when he heard the collision. 

Kiel said he ran outside and saw the motorcyclist on the ground. He then said he noticed the driver of the pickup truck call someone. Minutes later, Kiel said he saw a white Nissan Altima arrive at the scene and let the driver inside before taking off.

"Neighbors are kind of beating ourselves up, hoping we had maybe just taken a little more action," Kiel said. "But in times like that, you're thinking, 'There's a guy on the ground.' You don't know if he's gonna live or die, and we're hoping the best for him and trying to tend to him."

Friends of Martin said he he was enjoying Biketoberfest before the crash.

"I'm a rider myself, and it's just horrible to see any motorcyclist on the ground, possibly fighting for their life," Kiel said.

FHP said it is looking for the driver of the pickup truck, who is not the registered owner of the vehicle. The pickup was not reported stolen, troopers said.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the FHP at 407-737-2213.

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