3 Bicyclists Hurt In Hit-And-Run
2 Flown To Shands; Driver Of PT Cruiser Arrested
Monday, June 14, 2010
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Three bicyclists were injured in a hit-and-run on U.S. 1 in St. Augustine on Monday afternoon. Two of the cyclists were flown to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center. The third was transported to Flagler Hospital. Police said Michael Nally, who was driving a black PT Cruiser, hit the cyclists with his vehicle just before 1 p.m. and kept driving.
Michael Nally sits in the back of a police cruiser after being arrested by police in a hit-and-run crash that sent three bicyclists to hospitals. Police said Nally, 42, was traveling northbound on Ponce De Leon Boulevard and swerved into the three bicyclists, identified as Derick Tillman, Robert Jolley and Daniel Phillips, who were also traveling northbound.
The impact sent all three bicyclists airborne and off their bicycles, police said. "By the time I looked over, I just saw the bicyclists tumble on the ground," said Tom Shivley, who works near where the crash happened. "There were two or three of them tangled up. They were skidding across the ground."
Police said Nally left the scene of the accident and was followed by a witness who called the police to give their location. The witness saw Nally throwing a beer out of his window, police said. Police said they stopped Nally's vehicle in the parking lot of Arnold's Bar in the 3900 block of North Ponce De Leon Boulevard, where he was arrested and charged with three counts of leaving the scene of an accident with bodily injury.
Police said Nally's blood was drawn and sent to a lab to determine the alcohol content of the blood. Officers said DUI charges are pending the results. All three bicyclists were wearing their helmets. Jolley and Phillips were flown to Shands with possible head injuries. Tillman was transported to Flagler Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.