Christopher Mohr of Weston, Florida was fatally struck in a hit-and-run accident early on New Year’s Day. He is survived by his wife of 26 years and two children. Investigators are still searching for the driver and urge anyone with information to come forward.
According to Broward Sheriff’s Office, Mohr, 50, was cycling a mile east of the Indian Trace Intersection on a bike lane on State Road 84 some time after 7:30 a.m. He was reportedly struck from behind by a driver who fled the scene of the accident. Fire rescue workers rushed Mohr to Broward Health Medical Center, where he died from his injuries.
The victim’s widow, Robin Mohr, told news sources that her husband, an avid biker, had taken a route he had ridden a “hundreds of times before.” He was training for a 100-mile race that will place next week and had taken all the necessary precautions before he set out, including wearing a bike helmet, sources say. When Mohr didn’t come home, his wife got worried and decided to go out and look for him, sources indicate. Police later confirmed that her husband had been involved in an accident.
The hit-and-run vehicle is believed to be white and of an unknown but older make. Police are searching for a car that fits the description that has damage on the windshield and passenger-side headlight. A vehicle matching the description was reportedly found at a nearby shopping center yesterday, but detectives said it’s too early to tell whether it’s the one that was in the crash.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the number of hit-and-run crashes in Florida has remained steady over the years. In 2015, over 92,000 hit-and-run crashes were reported in the state. The majority of these crashes (more than 80 percent) usually only result in property damage, but more than 180 people were killed in such crashes in 2015.
Under Florida Law, a driver involved in a crash must stop. Leaving the scene makes the situation worse. A hit-and-run charge is a felony and if it results in a death, the responsible driver faces a minimum sentence of four years in prison.
If you have information about the vehicle and/or the driver involved in the hit-and-run crash that led to the death of Mohr, you can anonymously report it to Crime Stoppers. The Mohrs ask that anyone with information about the incident to come forward, and for the driver to turn themselves in.