SAFETY HARBOR, Fla. — A 36-year-old woman died from her injuries after she was ejected from her bike when a car hit her Thursday night in Safety Harbor, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
On Saturday, the sheriff's office sent out an update that said 86-year-old Timothy Rush was arrested and charged with one count of leaving the scene of a crash involving death.
Investigators were able to put Rush near the scene of the crash around 8:45 p.m. as he was leaving a Knight of Columbus meeting, according to the news update.
The hit-and-run crash happened in the area of Enterprise Road near Fernery Lane in Safety Harbor. Investigators said they were called in around 9:14 p.m. after learning of reports of an injured person laying in the grass.
When they arrived, they found 36-year-old Mindy Miran Yi and rushed her to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The sheriff's office said in an update Friday afternoon that she died.
Investigators said Yi was riding her bike westbound on Enterprise Road when a vehicle driving westbound hit the rear of Yi's bike, causing her to be ejected.
Initially, no other evidence was found at the scene and they didn't find any video of the crash available via local businesses or surrounding homes, investigators said.
On Friday, Rush called Case Agent Corporal Laney and left a voicemail, but the corporal was never able to contact Rush back. Eventually, investigators were able to obtain a search warrant and were able to take possession of Rush's Buick Enclave
The SUV had damage to the passenger side headlight, a shattered windshield at the bottom passenger side, and purple paint transfer on the front passenger bumper which was consistent with the purple color of Yi's bicycle, according to the sheriff's office.
Rush is currently in the Pinellas County Jail.