Man dead, 2 women seriously injured in annual bike race in St. Johns County

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — According to FHP, a vehicle struck three bicyclists on US-1 near I-95 early Sunday morning.

The three bicyclists were competing in the annual “Sea to Sea” Expedition Race.

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The man who did not survive his injuries has been identified as 46-year-old Dr. Troy Manz.

Dr. Manz was a first-year resident in the Southwest Indiana Internal Medicine Residency Program.

The two women who were also seriously injured in this incident have been identified as Trish Wilkinson and Barbara Gilmore.

A memorial and Go-Fund-Me page was set up for the bicyclist.

The nearby neighbor that made the memorial heard a crash around 2:30a.m. and what he saw made him act immediately.

“Me and my wife had just started to go to bed and we just heard a loud boom,” Michael Highsmith said.

At first, Highsmith thought someone hit a deer, but after checking US-1, he realized it was much more severe than that.

“I found a bicycle helmet sitting in the road and that was the moment I realized people involved,” he said.

The Go-Fund-Me page has been set up for the three and has raised over $12,000 thus far to support the bicyclists.

Highsmith said this is heartbreaking incident, and with the traffic US-1 gets, it’s an extremely dangerous road.

“When you have cars doing 65 mph right next to where you’re walking, all it takes is a split second, anything can happen,” he said.

FHP says the driver of the vehicle was a 27-year-old man from St. Augustine. They are unsure if he will be charged as the investigation is still ongoing. Sergeant Dylan Bryan with FHP told Action News Jax they got another call in Flagler county; saying that nine cyclists in total have been injured from the race.