Teen bicyclist struck, killed

Tyler Allen Martin died on way to hospital; driver not expected to be charged. A local 18-year-old died Wednesday after he was stuck by an oil tanker truck on County
Road 214, according to St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office investigators. Tyler Allen Martin was riding his bicycle southbound on Ryan Road around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday,
according to a St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office report. A Coomes Oil Co. tanker driving westbound on C.R. 214 struck Martin as he crossed through The intersection of Ryan Road and C.R. 214, the report said. St. Johns County Fire Rescue
personnel treated Martin at the scene, but he died on the way to a local hospital, said Sgt. Chuck Mulligan, spokesman for the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office. Martin is the second bicyclist to die from being hit by a car on C.R. 214 in the last month. Investigators closed C.R. 214 for some time Wednesday afternoon while they assessed the accident scene. A crumpled teal bike lay mangled in the roadway.
The oil tanker was pulled off on the side of the road just yards away from the accident site.
The truck driver, also from St. Augustine, is not expected to be charged, the report said. However, the investigation is ongoing. Florida Motor Carrier Compliance officers inspected the oil truck at the scene. This is a routine procedure in accidents, Mulligan said. C.R. 214 is the extension of King Street, which runs west of Interstate 95. Bryan Wrigley, a 23-year-old University of St. Augustine student,
died a victim of a hit and run after being struck by a Ford Ranger truck near
Molasses Junction on April 13. Investigators are still looking for a young male driver of a 2001 to 2003 dark metallic blue Ford Ranger extended cab pickup truck with fog lights molded into the front bumper. There are no sidewalks or a bike lane
in that stretch of rural roadway. It is not illegal for bicyclists to ride in the roadway. However, there are raised reflectors that line the edges of C.R. 214, which cause bikers to ride closer to the center of the road.
St Augustine Record
St Johns County
By JUSTINE GRIFFIN
justine.griffin@staugustine.com