CLEARWATER, Fla. -
HL: Clearwater bicyclist dies after getting hit by two cars on US 19
Subheadline: Troopers say they've located the hit-and-run driver
Narissaa Robinson, 28, was supposed to start her new job Monday. Her family says she couldn't have been more excited about it. But early Thursday morning, that dream disappeared.
Just before 1 a.m., troopers say Robinson was hit by two cars while riding her bicycle on U.S. 19 near the intersection of 298th Avenue North.
"The first vehicle struck her then left the scene. A second vehicle, as she was laying in the road from the first crash, also struck her," said FHP Sgt. Steve Gaskins.
According to FHP, the first car that hit Robinson was a white 2005 Hyundai driven by Christopher M. Jones, 24, of Tarpon Springs. Troopers say Jones left the scene of the crash and then abandoned his car a few miles away.
Just minutes later, a second car, a 2012 Mercedes driven by 49-year-old Shereef Moawad, also reportedly hit Robinson. Troopers say he did not see her lying in the road. After the crash, he did call police. At this point, he is not facing any charges.
Robinson was transported to Mease Countryside Hospital where she later died from her injuries.
Overnight, troopers located both Jones and his vehicle.
A blood sample was taken to check if Jones was intoxicated at the time. Troopers say charges against Jones are pending the outcome of the investigation.
"We want to have all the pieces together when we go to court. If we don't have pieces put in place, we get one bite at the apple, and we don't want to mess up the case in the long term for the victim or their family," Gaskins said.
Robinson's mother, Bonnie James, released this statement to Action News: "She will surely be missed. We love her dearly."