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Published:November 29th, 2005 19:02 EST
Pedestrian Hit on Bicycle

Pedestrian Hit on Bicycle

By Matthew Kent

A Ft. Pierce man was arrested Thursday after hitting a pedestrian on a bicycle, causing the victim to travel thirty feet in the air, before fleeing the scene. 

Terry Motes, 44, of 120 Imperial Way, was charged with driving without insurance, having an unregistered vehicle, driving while license suspended and for failure to accept a summons. 

Upon arrival, police found the unidentified victim, a Hispanic male, on the sidewalk breathing, but unconscious. Witness Bill Tillman told Ft. Pierce Police that he saw an older model white Cadillac with a female passenger traveling at a high rate of speed. Police reports stated that he followed the suspect's vehicle to Georgia and Kauffman Avenues and saw the vehicle pull into the yard of a nearby residence. 

Two relatives of Motes provided witness statements to police. David Vrotny, 36, and Kimberly Vierling, 33, both of 812 Kauffman Avenue, each gave initial accounts for what they saw. Vrotny said he saw the vehicle's trunk being opened while Vierling said she saw the Cadillac being parked in the yard and saw the driver get out of the driver's seat of the car.

Police reports indicated that Vierling asked Motes what had happened and the suspect replied that a brick had hit the windshield. Vierling stated she knew he had hit someone based on the damage to the windshield.

The female passenger, Shannon Disher, 24, stated to police that the pair went to Circle K on Delaware and S. 17th Street to buy beer and that she didn't see anything until something hit the windshield on impact. 

Police reports stated that, once police arrived on the scene, they found that Motes "had a strong sense of alcohol… his eyes were watery and bloodshot and his speech was slurred." 

Motes stated he did not have a drivers license and presented his Florida ID card, police said. Police searched the vehicle where they found a Florida tag in the trunk which was not registered to that vehicle but to another. 

The victim, who had no formal identification--but was found with a paycheck stub with the name Jorge Antonio in his wallet--suffered a skull fracture and subdural bleed and hospital officials said the injuries were possibly fatal. He was transported to the Lawnwood Emergency Room and later taken by airlift to St. Mary's Trauma Center due to the extent of his injuries. 

The officer on the scene conducted a DUI investigation and asked Motes to consent to a blood test for evidence. Motes was arrested and transported to the St. Lucie County jail.

St. Lucie Circuit Court records show Motes has two previous DUI convictions, as well as other arrests for battery, disorderly intoxication and leaving the scene of an accident.