Man Convicted In Drunken Hit And Run Of Bicyclist

March 29, 2013

An Escambia County man is headed to prison for running over a bicyclist and leaving the scene.

Ryan Alan Welch had only been out of prison for just a few months when he struck bicyclist Robert L. Bell, Jr, 32, on W Street approaching La Rua Street after leaving a nightclub on April 20, 2012.  Welch drove a couple of blocks away from the scene before stopping to remove the mangled bicycle from under his car, leaving Bell in the roadway. Bell was found by a passerby; he died about a week later.

Welch was convicted Thursday afternoon of DUI manslaughter and leaving the scene of a crash with a fatality. He will be sentenced next month and faces up to 45 years in prison.

Welch previously served time in prison for DUI with great serious bodily injury and was released October 28, 2011.


10 Responses to “Man Convicted In Drunken Hit And Run Of Bicyclist”

  1. Friend on April 28th, 2013 3:54 pm

    He was sentenced to 24 years and his license were permenately suspended. It might not be 45 years but 24 is pretty good!! I hope no one mistreats this poor baby in prison :-) I’ll be praying for the victims family and hoping they now have some sort of closure.

  2. Bam on March 30th, 2013 11:52 pm

    From previous news stories this was his THIRD DUI.
    I guess it takes until you kill someone, before you actually do time for drunk driving in this state.

  3. chris1 on March 29th, 2013 8:37 pm


  4. Danny Hall on March 29th, 2013 12:56 pm

    With his record , now he can drive the prison truck …

  5. David Huie Green on March 29th, 2013 10:14 am

    “How long was his first sentence?”

    I think they let him out on “community control” a time or two and he escaped once but his initial sentence for DUI with injuries to another was back in 2006. He had assorted other charges for assorted crimes along then and back to 2001, basic disregard for law, but anyway:


    David for letting bicyclists live

  6. Friend on March 29th, 2013 8:47 am

    Sounds like this piece of crap is getting what he deserves and will be sitting right where he should be for hopefully a very long time.

  7. 429SCJ on March 29th, 2013 8:23 am

    I hope that Mr Welch, upon his next release, proves to be less of a danger to the public.

    I don’t imagine I will be around to find out.

  8. No Excuses on March 29th, 2013 8:03 am

    How long was his first sentence?

  9. bill on March 29th, 2013 8:01 am

    in this case 45 years should mean 45 years!

  10. john on March 29th, 2013 7:42 am

    45 years?

    Neva’ happen in this county…

    45 days maybe.

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