CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — According to police, 30-year-old John Rice was riding his bicycle on the northwest side when a driver struck him and took off.
Rice was described as quiet, but hard-working and 3News was informed that everyone in Calallen knew him as a man with a motorcycle. Rice worked at the McDonalds on Violet.
Police said the hit and run happened sometime overnight.
Rice's body was discovered in a ditch on FM 624 just after 7 a.m.
According to officials, Rice was either dragged by the vehicle or thrown about 150 feet from his bicycle as a result of the accident.
On Wednesday, one of Rice's friends expressed his anger on what happened.
"Somebody pulled off and hit him and realized they just killed somebody and they took off probably went into a more a luid part of Calallen and that's really disheartening," Rex Keister said. He'll be sorely missed out here."
Cycling professionals said if you're riding at night, it is required by law to have white front light and also to have a red light or reflector on the back of your bike.
Even though it's not required by law professionals highly recommend to use a helmet and reflective clothing.
"You can always buy another bike or motorcycle you cannot go to the store and buy another brain. mI know it sounds strange, but it's true," Eric Esparza said. "At night time you mesh with everything so when you have lights, cars see the bright blinky, so it creates there's somebody there.">
Professionals urge cyclists to use a light during the day as well.
Currently, police are reviewing surveillance video around the area to catch the suspect.
If you have any information that can help you are urged to call police at 361-886-2600.
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