ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.-- The family of a bicyclist killed in a hit and run is speaking out for the first time.
Christian Schroom was hit, not once but twice, while riding his bike last weekend. Both drivers took off. Nearly a week later, Schroom's nephew says they still don't have answers. "It was a huge shock. It's rough to come to terms with how it happened. How someone could do that," said Damian Cox.
Schroom was a waiter at a local restaurant and an avid bike rider. His bike is how he ended up in St. Augustine in the first place. "He wanted an adventure and biked from Michigan to the Keys, but stopped in St. Augustine and fell in love with it and ended up staying there," said Cox.
But now police are searching for answers.
Heather Neville is with Velo Fest, a group that educates the community on safe riding. She knows all too well about the danger. "My brother was hit in Jacksonville Beach and my uncle was killed. It has been all around me," said Neville.
That's why she's putting up a memorial -- called a ghost bike -- where Schroom was killed. "The concept is not to scare bicyclists but to bring awareness that something tragic happened here," said Neville.
It's a reminder of something one family cannot forget. "It'd be nice to have answers and closure about why someone would hit him and keep going and leave him there to suffer," said Cox.
Cox says Schroom's mother is taking this hard because she was just diagnosed with terminal cancer weeks before her son's death.