Man dead in Wednesday hit-and-run crash involving bicycle, vehicle

Published: Jul. 1, 2020 at 4:38 AM EDT
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One man is dead after a hit-and-run crash involving a vehicle and a bicycle.

The St. Joseph County Fatal Alcohol Crash Team was called just after 3 a.m. Wednesday to the 20000 block of Ireland Road.

Officials determined the victim was traveling westbound on Ireland Rd., when he was struck from behind from a vehicle also going westbound.

The victim is identified as Uriah Scofield, 23, from South Bend.

Scofield's death reportedly following the hit-and-run is at least the second to happen on Ireland Road in almost five years. John Tolley, of South Bend, was found dead on the roadway in October of 2015.

An autopsy for Scofield is scheduled for Thursday morning in Fort Wayne.

Police do not have any suspects at this time but are looking for a white Volkswagen.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call FACT at 574-235-9514.

While additional circumstances of the Wednesday crash are unknown at this time, Drew Albright, a local bicycle shop manager, lives near where the hit-and-run happened and says motorists can be seen speeding on this hilly stretch of Ireland, adding cyclists aren't perfect either.

"They look at that as an opportunity for them to, you know, if they're going downhill [to] gain some speed, and maybe they might be more on the aggressive side, too, as well," said Albright, of Albright's Cycling and Fitness in Mishawaka.

Albright advises cyclists to ride with the flow of traffic. He also recommends they illuminate their bikes with flashing lights to heighten their visibility to motorists during the day and nighttime. It is also suggested cyclists wear reflective, bright clothing, including a bright-colored helmet.

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