(February 2, 2015)-  Cape Coral Police are looking for a suspect in a hit-and-run crash that resulted in the death of a bicyclist on Pine Island Road.

This morning, Cape Coral Police responded to a serious injury crash in the 1300 block of NE Pine Island Road. Officers arrived to find a single bicyclist laying in a ditch on the south side of Pine Island Road.  The bicyclist, an apparent victim of a hit-and-run, sustained fatal injuries.  Cape Coral Police Major Crash Investigator, Forensics, Victim Advocates, and additional Patrol units responded to assist. The investigation had most of eastbound Pine Island Rd. shut down for several hours as the Major Crash Investigator investigated this fatal hit-and-run crash.  

The Major Crash Investigator determined that the crash occurred around 8:00 PM last night, but the victim was not discovered until after 7:00 AM, likely due to poor lighting in the area and the location where the deceased came to rest.

The victim has been identified as Joel Scott Nichols, 27, of Cape Coral, Florida.

Please take a look at the synopsis and photo below.  If you have any information on the identity of the suspect, please contact the Cape Coral Police Department at 239-574-3223. You can also submit an anonymous tip. Go to www.capecops.com/tips or text a tip- text CCPD+"Your Message" to CRIMES (274637). Finally, you can call Crimestoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.

The preliminary synopsis of the Major Crash Investigator is below:

DATE: February 2, 2015
TIME: 7:10 AM
CR: 15-001943
LOCATION: 1300 block of NE Pine Island Road

VEHICLE 1: Mid to Late 1990’s, White, Dodge pickup truck, Vehicle tag# is unknown at this time.
DRIVER 1: Unknown
DRIVER 1 INJURIES: Unknown
PASSENGER 1: Unknown
PASSENGER 1 INJURIES: Unknown

BICYCLE 1: Black and Red Magna, Excitor, mountain bicycle.
PEDESTRIAN 1: Joel Scott Nichols, 27 YOA, of Cape Coral, Florida.
PEDESTRIAN 1 INJURIES: Nichols died as a result of the injuries he suffered in the traffic crash.

SYNOPSIS: Vehicle 1 was traveling East on SR 78 (NE Pine Island Rd.) in the outside lane. Pedestrian 1 was operating Bicycle 1, traveling East on SR 78 (NE Pine Island Rd.) and was traveling on the shoulder of the road.

As Vehicle 1 was traveling, the vehicle veered right toward the shoulder of the road, leaving its lane. The front end of Vehicle 1 then struck the rear end Bicycle 1.  Pedestrian 1 was then totally ejected from Bicycle 1.  Pedestrian 1 along with Bicycle 1 then came to rest on the south side of SR 78 (NE Pine Island Rd.). 

After the collision occurred, Vehicle 1 did not contact PD to report the accident and the driver of Vehicle 1 left the scene without rendering aid to Pedestrian 1.

A witness stated that Vehicle 1 was a white, mid to late 1990’s Dodge Ram Pickup with a silver cap over the bed and had front end damage to the right side. Witness also stated the right front head light was not working after the collision.

Pedestrian 1 suffered life threatening injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Due to the severity of the traffic crash, MCI N. Green, Forensics Specialist Lansky and V.A. Seymour responded to the scene.

*****This is a HIT-AND-RUN traffic crash that occurred on February 1, 2015 at 7:58 PM and was not discovered until February 2, 2015 at 7:10 AM******

The Cape Coral Police Department is currently looking for a mid to late 1990’s Dodge Ram pickup truck, which was involved in a hit and run traffic crash on February 1, 2015 at approximately 7:58 PM. The truck is white in color and had a silver topper on the bed of the truck. It will also have damage to the right front side (passenger side) which will included a broken head light, mirror and possible parts of the chrome front grill. Above is a picture illustrating the type of truck, and is not a picture of the actual suspect vehicle.

The Cape Coral Police Department is currently looking for a mid to late 1990’s Dodge Ram pickup truck, which was involved in a hit and run traffic crash on February 1, 2015 at approximately 7:58 PM. The truck is white in color and had a silver topper on the bed of the truck. It will also have damage to the right front side (passenger side) which will included a broken head light, mirror and possible parts of the chrome front grill.

Above is a picture illustrating the type of truck, and is not a picture of the actual suspect vehicle.

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