John Williams Rodgers of Orlando, Florida was killed on Saturday in a motorcycle accident, press sources indicate. Rodgers, 54, was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The other party involved in the accident, another motorcyclist whose name has not been released in public reports, is accused of getting back on his motorcycle and fleeing following the collision. The Florida Highway Patrol is asking for the public to come forward with any pertinent information.
The deadly motorcycle accident reportedly occurred at around 6:00 p.m. on County Road 48 near U.S. Highway 27 in Lake County, Florida. Rodgers and the other motorcyclist were apparently riding side by side, passing a vehicle, when they collided. This has led to speculation that the pair knew each other, although police have said that they “aren’t working off of any assumptions.”
While passing the third vehicle, the unnamed motorcyclist, who may have been riding a Harley Davidson Softail Classic, allegedly bumped into Rodger’s 2012 Harley Davidson. Both motorcycles spun out; Rodger’s Harley crashed into a nearby guardrail, sending him flying. He was not wearing a helmet.
The second motorcyclist, who was wearing a helmet, was able to lay his motorcycle down. He flew clear before the bike, which remained in working condition, hit a guardrail and a road sign. The biker then allegedly got back on his motorcycle and fled. It is not clear whether he sustained any serious injuries – police have indicated that he likely has scrapes on his back and arms, as well as on his motorcycle – or checked on Rodgers before leaving. Although there was at least one witness to the accident, it appears as though no one has spoken to the press about the crash.
Unfortunately, Rodgers was not the only victim of a hit-and-run this week. In Deerfield Beach, Andrew Bellicose suffered from a leg injury after Kimberly May allegedly hit him with her Toyota Camry, according to press reports. May was later arrested on charges of fleeing the scene of an accident involving bodily injury. She is also reportedly on probation for grand theft. It is not clear whether she has qualified for bond or retained legal representation.
News reports indicate that the trouble began at around 7:00 p.m. at a Super Target store located on Hillsboro Road in Deerfield Beach. May allegedly attempted to return clothes without a receipt but was denied. She then tried to leave with merchandise she has not purchased, a loss prevention employee at the store claimed. May was relieved of the merchandise and escorted from the store, along with her young son. She was not charged for the alleged offense.
However, May was charged for the hit-and-run, which was caught on surveillance camera in the store’s parking lot. May was leaving the premises in her Toyota Camry when she purportedly hit Bellicose, who was walking in the parking lot. The surveillance video apparently shows a black Toyota Camry hitting Bellicose, who rolls over the hood and falls from the car. It is not clear whether the surveillance camera caught footage of the license plate