A 78-year-old Boynton Beach man was arrested on Tuesday after he struck a bicyclist with his car and left the scene. The man told Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies he kept going because others had stopped to help the bicyclist.
Lewis Michael Stone is facing a charge of hit and run involving injury. He was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail at around 3 p.m. and released six hours later after posting a $3,000 bond.
According to a witness, Stone ran a red light in his Lexus SUV while attempting to make a left hand turn at the intersection of Corporate Drive and Woolbright Road. The Lexus hit the bicyclist, who was in the crosswalk going west on Corporate Drive.
The contact caused the bicyclist to flip over the handle bars and fall face first into the pavement. Witnesses saw Stone briefly look back at the injured man before fleeing the area.
Two witnesses followed Stone and alerted deputies, who stopped the elderly man on Jog Road, several miles from the crash scene.
Stone told deputies that he didn’t hit anyone and never saw a bicyclist.
Stone was “uncooperative” with deputies, according to a probable cause affidavit.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” Stone responded when told by a deputy that he hit the bicyclist.
During questioning after his arrest, Stone admitted being at the intersection where the bicyclist was hit. Stone also said he heard a horn behind him then saw a man and a bicycle on the ground, but again denied causing the crash.
“[Stone] states he kept going because he saw other people getting out and tending to the bicyclist,” the report states.
The condition or extent of injuries sustained by the bicyclist was not available.