Mount Pleasant Police used debris found at a hit-and-run crash that killed an 18-year-old bicyclist to find the 71-year-old Kenosha man they believe killed the teen.
Johnny Lee Taylor Sr. was charged Wednesday in Racine County with hit-and-run resulting in death. He is alleged to have struck 18-year-old Teren Cagle as he rode his bike southbound on Sheridan Road near Hansche Road in Mount Pleasant at about 10:05 p.m. Monday.
The teen was found unconscious in a ditch 40 minutes later. He died hours later at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa.
A security video from a nearby house showed a bicyclist riding south on Sheridan Road and showed a “vehicle appearing to strike the bike. The striking vehicle is seen returning to the area and slowly driving by,” according to the criminal complaint filed Wednesday.
Police found a damaged bike at the scene along with vehicle parts, including plastic parts from a turn signal. Through a part number on the debris, officers were able to determine the vehicle involved was a 1998 to 2003 white Dodge Ram van.
Officers ran a check of similar vehicles registered to addresses in the area. While checking those addresses, an officer saw a 1998 Dodge Ram van parked behind 6826 Sheridan Road. The van’s right front headlight was missing, and “there was circular impact damage to the windshield the approximate size of a human head” and damage to the right front bumper, according to the complaint.
A detective spoke to Taylor, who owns the van. Taylor said he thought he may have hit something because his vehicle had pulled to the right, but he was not sure he hit anything. He also said a woman named Diane had been driving, and said he did not know her last name.
The complaint states that it appeared Taylor was attempting to repair the damage to the van, and that there were replacement parts for the headlight at Taylor’s address and the side marker light had been replaced.
According to the complaint, information police received from Taylor’s phone showed he had been traveling on Sheridan Road through the area where the crash occurred and had stopped at 6826 Sheridan Road at 10:39 p.m.
He is being held on $50,000 bond.