ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The St. Augustine Police Department is investigating a hit and run crash which killed a bicyclist on Anastasia Boulevard in the early morning hours Sunday.
Joan Kozlowski heard about the crash. She's been bartending at the American Legion in downtown St. Augustine for 20 years.
Monday morning, she realized that one of her regulars -- Chris Schroom -- was killed in that crash.
"He'd come in and say, 'How ya doing, Joan?'" Kozlowski said.
Saturday night, Schroom had gone to the American Legion at the foot of the Bridge of Lions for a drink after working at Red Lobster, as he often did.
"He'd come, park his bike, have his little drink, and go on over the bridge and go home," Kozlowski recalled.
According to St. Augustine Police, just after midnight Sunday, Schroom was on A1A with his bike when he was hit. It happened a few blocks east of the Bridge of Lions.
Officer Chris Miller with the St. Augustine Police Department said, "It appears there were two strikes."
Miller said Schroom was hit once and the car took off. Then witnesses noticed something by the road and pulled over.
"As the witnesses were getting out of their car, they saw a second strike, and that vehicle continued," Miller explained.
The witnesses performed CPR, but Schroom died on the scene.
Police have no description of the cars that hit him.
"We really have nothing to go on," Miller noted.
Monday, Miller went to businesses near the crash site to see if surveillance cameras caught the crash or the cars.
Miller explained that the bike was found on the side of the road, and Schroom was found in the road by the people who stopped to help. Miller said it's unclear if Schroom was walking his bike or if the first strike knocked Schroom away from his bike.
Nevertheless, the bicycle has no damage, and that which provides very little information about the color of the cars which hit Schroom.
Back at the American Legion, Kozlowski the bartender questioned, "How could someone do that without stopping?"
She said Schroom used to have his drinks on the porch. From there, he could see the Bridge of Lions and the city's plaza. It's a place where he could watch St. Augustine go by, a city he called home for five years.
"According to his family, he fell in love with St. Augustine," Miller said.
"We'll miss him," Kozlowski said. "We'll miss him bad."
If you have any information about this crash, you are asked to please call the Northeast Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-TIPS (8477).
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