Hit-and-Run in Daytona Beach Leaves Motorcyclist Dead
In Daytona Beach this past Friday night an altercation erupted between a group of motorcyclists and a BMW that resulted in a collision between one of the motorcycles and the vehicle. The Daytona Beach police department has issued a statement that describes the evening as far as they can reconstruct it.
According to the report, the group of motorcyclists had gathered to engage in a memorial ride for a friend of theirs who had died the previous week. The group, which began at the Steak ‘n Shake located at 1000 West International Speedway Boulevard, was driving east across the International Speedway Bridge when a BMW coming from behind them nearly hit some of the riders.
Upset because of the incident, the group of motorcyclists began chasing the light-blue BMW down the highway and then south on Atlantic Avenue before skirting down several side-streets. According to the Daytona Beach, the riders have claimed that they were, in some instances, driving at over 100 miles-per-hour. At a certain point during the chase, the car began going north on Atlantic Ave. It is at this point that one of the riders, the 27-year-old Daytona Beach resident Craig Devine, caught up to the BMW. The BMW then swerved into Devine, causing him to crash. This occurred around 9:20pm.
Several of the motorcyclists stopped to help their severely wounded friend while others continued to chase the BMW. Eventually, the BMW stopped at the corner of Goodall Avenue, and two men and one woman emerged from the vehicle and began to run. The motorcyclists were able to apprehend the woman, but the two men escaped.
When emergency response crews arrived, they immediately rushed Devine to Halifax Hospital, listing him as a high trauma alert. Despite the best efforts of the medical teams, Devine was officially declared dead shortly after 10:00.
The Daytona Beach police conducted a wide search for the two men, but were ultimately unable to discover their whereabouts. They have issued a description of the driver of the BMW and will continue to search for the individual who will likely be charged with fleeing from the scene of a deadly accident, among other criminal offenses.
James O. Cunningham
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