Albert Castro of Moore Haven, Florida was reportedly killed on Wednesday during a hit-and-run car accident involving his motorcycle, a deer, and two pickup trucks. Police are searching for the runaway vehicle, which is described as dark in color, with tinted windows and an American flag hanging on its’ antenna. The driver of the second pickup truck, Calvin Grinslade, is reportedly cooperating with authorities.
Investigators reportedly believe that Castro, 27, died because of being struck by the hit-and-run vehicle rather than due to the initial collision with the deer. It is not yet clear whether authorities plan on charging the runaway driver with manslaughter if they successfully apprehend him or her, although the driver will likely at least face charges of leaving the scene of a fatal accident. It is also unknown whether Castro’s family plans on filing a wrongful death suit.
News sources indicate that the fatal combination car and motorcycle accident occurred at approximately 4:57 a.m. on Wednesday on State Road 78, on the south side of Indian River Bridge. According to reports, Castro was driving over the bridge when a deer walked out in front of his vehicle. Unable to avoid it, Castro crashed into the deer. The force of the crash sent the deer flying into a guardrail and caused Castro to separate from the motorcycle, which ended up in the southbound lane of the bridge. Castro came to rest in the northbound lane of the bridge, sources indicate.
The hit-and-run pickup then allegedly became involved, as the driver was headed north on State Road 78 just after Castro collided with the deer. The driver allegedly struck Castro, sending him to the edge of the northbound lane. The driver then allegedly passed Castro, turned around, and went back to the scene of the accident. Then, the driver allegedly turned around again and continued north without rendering aid to Castro or getting out of the vehicle. There was apparently at least one witness who saw the truck return to and subsequently flee from the accident site, although it does not appear as though anyone was able to capture the truck’s license plate number or get a look at the driver.
The second truck, Calvin Grinslade’s 2005 white Toyota, allegedly drove up from the south after the other driver fled, hitting the motorcycle. The Toyota dragged the motorcycle a short distance before Grinslade came to a stop. Grinslade did not hit Castro, sources indicate, and he has not been charged with any crimes. He reportedly stayed at the scene of the accident and is cooperating with the investigation.
Several accidents have plagued Florida over the past several days. Christopher White of Titusville, Florida reportedly died in one accident on Interstate 95 less than a week ago, when a tanker truck with a load of liquid nitrogen ran over his parked car, according to news reports. The driver of the truck, Frank Moceri, remains uninjured, and the cause of the crash is reportedly under investigation.
According to press reports, the truck accident occurred on June 3rd at approximately 3:20 a.m. on northbound I-95 in Titusville. The tanker allegedly drifted onto the shoulder of the highway, where White, 40, had parked his 2001 Mitsubishi. It is not clear why White stopped his vehicle, whether due to car problems otherwise. Luckily, no nitrogen escaped the tanker.