Cape Coral police continue searching for hit-and-run driver that killed 53-year-old man

Reporter: Taylor Petras
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A white bike is memorializing the spot where a 53-year-old man was left to die on Friday after a driver struck him and fled. It happened on NE Pine Island Road in Cape Coral. (CREDIT: WINK News)

A 53-year-old man died in Cape Coral on Friday after he was struck by a car while riding his bike on NE Pine Island Road.

Police are still looking for the hit-and-run driver who they say left him to die.

The man’s body wasn’t discovered for at least six hours.

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is offering a $3,000 reward for information that could help police track down the man’s killer.

Now, there is a white bicycle that marks the spot where the man was killed in the 2300 block of NE Pine Island Road.

The Cape Coral Police Department is searching for a dark-colored Ford vehicle with passenger-side front-end damage that includes a broken passenger headlight with possible hood and corner panel damage.

“It’s sad because it seems like it continues to happen, these hit-and-runs,” said Cristin Madden, a victim in a hit-and-run crash.

Madden and her friend were struck by a hit-and-run driver nearly six month ago as they biked in Alva. Her friend, Debra Purcaro, was killed.

“I don’t have any memory of anything. Not a sound, nothing until I woke up in Lee Memorial Trauma hours later,” Madden said. “I don’t have any memory of anything. Just trying to piece together what the heck happened.”

The driver in Madden’s case has not been arrested.

Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club Secretary Toni Peck is asking drivers to give cyclists space on the road.

“We all make mistakes and crashes happen because humans make mistakes but when you hit and run, it changes from being a mistake from being something intentional and that’s what makes us angry,” Peck said.

The white bike memorial is chained to a sign reminding drivers to yield to bikes.

It’s a memorial the hit-and-run driver might have to pass by every day.

“If somebody has to drive by that everyday, I don’t know how they do. I don’t know how they do that,” Madden said.

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