News

Actions

Police: Caledonia bicyclist killed in hit-and-run, suspect charged

Posted: 6:05 PM, Oct 23, 2017
Updated: 2017-10-23 23:05:59Z

Tyler Martinez, 27, has been charged with the hit-and-run death of a 39-year-old father riding his bike in Caledonia Friday.

Court documents say Martinez did not stop and drove home while in his father’s car.

Leaving pieces of the car behind, Martinez allegedly crashed into the victim, who was riding his bike to the beach with his 15-year-old son.

Shortly after, Martinez’s father called police and told them his son was involved in an accident.

When police questioned Martinez he told police "He was looking down at the radio and adjusting the stations.” He also said “He thought he hit a mailbox.”

In court Monday, the state was highly concerned with Martinez being a flight risk because of his actions. However the judge gave him a signature bond on the condition that he can’t drive. Martinez looked pleased.

According to the Wisconsin Bike Federation, this latest victim is the 5th person killed this year compared to 10 in all of last year.

Their program director Jessica Wineberg says "ehile it is good to see the numbers down this year, 5 deaths is still 5 too many. No other father, son, mother, daughter should be killed while biking on roads."

The criminal complaint does say Martinez showed remorse and was scared after finding out the man died.

If convicted, Martinez faces up to 25 years in prison.