Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Ontario County sheriff’s Investigator Eric Woehr at (585) 396-4634.
Kevin Royston is a gifted, active athlete and “riding buddy” with many of the bicyclists who gather to ride the roads or mountain biking trails in the area.
His positive attitude is contagious, and he is a loving husband and father, say his friends.
Now, Royston, 43, of Rushville, is recovering from serious injuries — his leg was broken in four places and half of his leg has been amputated — after he was struck by a vehicle as he was bicycling June 5.
Ontario County sheriff’s deputies have no idea who the driver is and worse, little information to determine whom it may be.
When his friends learned what happened to Royston, “Everyone asked, ‘Why did it have to happen to him?’” said Jim Hogan, owner of Geneva Bikes.
Hogan and others are offering an $11,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the hit-and-run driver.
Royston was riding his bike westbound on Townline Road outside the town of Rushville at about 7 that Tuesday night when he was hit.
A passing motorist found Royston by the side of the road.
“I don’t know the specifics, but I know generally he was a safe bicyclist,” said Hogan, who has been in contact with Royston’s family. “This wasn’t just some guy joy riding. He knew what he was doing.”
Sunglare may have contributed to the incident, but there is not much other information to go with at this point, said Sheriff’s Investigator Eric Woehr.
“Usually, there are vehicle parts left at the scene,” Woehr said.
At this point, any information — vehicles and drivers that frequent that section of road at that time, for example — could prove helpful, he said.
Even if a driver didn’t know he or she had hit Royston, coming forward could result in an insurance settlement that would help defray medical costs for his family, Woehr said.
That’s why the reward is being offered, Hogan said.
“It’s our hope this money will be returned many times over by finding the person responsible,” Hogan said.