Bicyclist struck and killed by hit and run driver in Caledonia
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A bicyclist was struck by a car and killed on a Caledonia street late Friday night. According to the Caledonia Police, around 9:45 p.m. Friday, a 39-year-old man was riding his bicycle southbound on State Highway 32 near County Line Road when he was struck by silver Cadillac CTS.
"When we came through the area, we saw that the intersection was blocked off," says Duane Michalski. "We found out that somebody had passed away, and it's just really tragic."
The man had been riding with his 15-year-old son. The son was riding on the sidewalk and was not injured. Police say the driver of the Cadillac did not stop after hitting the man.
"That's frustrating, it makes you angry," says Michalski. "At some point you have to take responsibility for your actions no matter what the consequences are. You need to make sure you stop and help people."
Good Samaritans at the scene performed CPR on the man before first responders transported him to the Ascension All Saints Emergency Room in Racine, where he died of his injuries.
Using debris left at the crash scene, the Caledonia Police were able to identify the striking vehicle. Along with Racine Police, the Caledonia Police were able to locate the suspect vehicle and then took the driver, a Racine man, into custody for Hit and Run Causing Death.
"I'm glad they got him, and it was fast," says Michalski.
The fatal accident is continuing to be investigated by the Caledonia Police and the Wisconsin State Patrol.
The Racine County Bicycle trail crosses the intersection where the crash happened. Michalski says he's seen fender benders at the intersection, but never anything like this.
"It's pretty dark in the evenings," he says. "It's one that you always want to pay attention to."
Police have not identified the driver, or the victim. Michalski says the father and boy are on his mind.
"The community is behind them, and we're thinking about them."