Sean Kevin Rey died Saturday at Midtown Medical Center in Columbus, more than two weeks after he was struck twice on his bicycle April 2 in the 3600 block of Summerville Road in Phenix City, officials said.
Russell County Coroner Arthur Sumbry Jr. confirmed Rey’s death. He will get with the Phenix City Police Department and Russell County District Attorney’s Office to determine the next step in an ongoing investigation.
Phenix City police have said the department is awaiting results of evidence collected from a vehicle at a Columbus repair shop and sent to the state crime lab. Police Chief Ray Smith said Saturday that investigators are awaiting DNA tests from a Mercury. The suspected driver of that car has been identified as Forest Duncan, 82, of Phenix City.
Rey of Phenix City was on his way to work when his bicycle was hit by one car and ran over by a second car that left the scene.
Brenda Rey, the mother of Sean Rey, said her son died shortly before noon. “He is now walking and talking with Jesus in an entirely completely healed body with no pain or memory of the torture that was done to him by uncaring, unthinking individuals driving their car oblivious to the world and their surroundings,” she said. “We would like to thank the hundreds of people who have prayed for Sean and loved Sean and showed compassion. It means the world to us.”
The accident has rallied the family to seek bicycle and pedestrian paths in Phenix City and get the state to mandate driving tests for people who are too old and irresponsible to drive safely, the mother said.