Driver Sought After Motorcyclist Was Killed
MOORE HAVEN, FL. -- Albert Castro, 27 of Fort Lauderdale, riding a 2004 Honda motorcycle was traveling southbound on State Road 78, about 4:57 a.m. Wednesday, crossing over the Indian River Bridge about 7 miles south of Buckhead Ridge, Florida when on the south side of the bridge, he came upon a deer on the road.
The front center portion of the bike collided with the deer, causing it to overturn onto the roadway.
The deer was propelled toward the southeast where it collided with the guardrail. The motorcycle slid on its side coming to final rest within the center of the southbound lane. Castro separated from the vehicle and slid across the center lane divider, into the center of the northbound lane.
A second vehicle, an unidentified dark-colored pick-up truck, was traveling northbound on SR 78. The front portion of it collided with Castro, propelling him into the outside edge of the northbound lane, resulting in his death. The truck continued past Castro. The truck was witnessed turning around in the vicinity of the Indian River Bridge then returning to the scene. It stopped, turned around and fled northbound from the scene.
A third vehicle, a 2005 Toyota white pick-up truck driven by Calvin Grinslade, 60 of Okeechobee, was traveling southbound on SR 78 prior to the crash and had been passed earlier by the motorcycle. Grinslade traveled over the Indian River Bridge after Castro struck the deer. The front center portion of the Toyota (and front undercarriage) collided with the motorcycle in the southbound lane of SR 78 and dragged the bike through the center of the southbound lane to final rest.
The unknown second vehicle was described as an unknown year, dark colored pickup truck (possibly black) with dark tinted windows and an American Flag hanging on the antenna. It fled the scene traveling northbound on SR 78.
The Florida Highway Patrol requests that anybody having information regarding this traffic crash contact Corporal Jeff Rongish at 239-344-1730 Ex. 1192 or CRIMESTOPPERS to remain anonymous.