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.