Phenix City Police are conducting multiple investigations involving the April 2 hit-and-run death of a Phenix City cyclist, according to Chief Ray Smith.
Sean Kevin Rey died Saturday at Midtown Medical Center in Columbus, more than two weeks after he was struck twice while riding his bicycle in the 3600 block of Summerville Road. Rey was buried Thursday.
About 6 a.m. April 2 Rey collided with a white 1992 Ford pick-up truck that turned in front of him at 36th Street and Summerville Road, the chief said. The truck was driven by Rebecca Roberts, 21, of Phenix City, Smith said. Roberts turned around and stopped her truck, according to police.
Rey was traveling north on Summerville Road when he was hit. Rey worked at the Chevron on Summerville Road and was about 25 yards from it when he was hit.
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Roberts was at fault for not yielding the right of way, Smith said. She was not cited.
Rey was hit a second time moments later as he laid in Summerville Road, Smith said. That driver, who is suspected to be Forest Duncan, 82, of Phenix City, did not stop and left the scene.
Rey reportedly suffered extensive injuries. According to a gofundme fundraising page, he sustained multiple fractures including a shattered hip, pelvis, femur and multiple fractured ribs as well as a skull fracture and collapsed lung.
The investigation shows that Rey likely suffered a head injury from the collision with Roberts.
"We are treating them as two separate investigations," Smith said.
Police have not charged Roberts or Duncan with any crimes. The chief said both incidents will be presented to a Russell County Grand Jury.
Authorities are awaiting DNA testing on the large sedan Duncan was believed to be driving. Duncan's vehicle was found at a Columbus repair shop after he took the sedan in because it was overheating due to damage to the radiator, Smith said.
The evidence has been sent to the state crime lab and police are awaiting the results, Smith said. That could take two months or more.
A third police investigation involves alleged threats made against Roberts and Duncan on social media, according to the chief. Someone who claimed to be Rey's uncle posted on the comment section of the Ledger-Enquirer story about Rey's death.
"I am here to warn Mr. Forest Duncan to be watching over his shoulder. I am coming for you And the little girl to busy texting while you killed my nephew, don't think you are going to get away with this. "
There is no evidence that Roberts was texting or talking on her phone, Smith said.