Santa Fe police recover pickup believed to have fatally struck teen on bicycle

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A teenager is dead after he was hit by a driver who did not stop. Deborah Wrigley reports. (Family photo)

Santa Fe police have recovered a pickup truck believed to have struck and killed a teenager on a bicycle Thursday night. The driver has yet to be found and questioned.

Douglas Bleimeyer, Jr., 16, was riding with a friend, both on their bikes, on FM 646 before midnight, when a dark-colored truck struck the victim, and kept on going. Michael Jordan, Bleimeyer's friend, was a few feet ahead when he heard a loud bang, and then saw sparks, as a truck squealed its tires and sped away.

"I tried to call 911 for help but my hands were shaking too much," he said. A driver who saw the aftermath of the hit and run did make the call. By the time paramedics arrived, it was too late.

Douglas Bleimeyer, Jr., was known as D J to his friends, and he had many. He was known and liked at Santa Fe High School where he would have been a junior this semester. He said he wanted to work on cellphone and radio towers when he finally graduated.

"He went everywhere on that bike," said his mother, Amber Kinsey. "He'd even ride it to see me at my job in La Marque."

D J and Jordan had ridden their bikes to the Kemah Boardwalk Thursday. After a long day, they headed back to Santa Fe. DJ was killed around 11pm.

"Do what's right and turn yourself in," said Kinsey. "Do you know the grief you've caused for this family?"

Santa Fe police say the truck was recovered in the town Friday morning. It's described as a dark F-250 pickup, and has damage consistent with the accident. The owner of the truck has yet to be found said a police spokesperson. "We want to know where the owner was behind the wheel, or whether someone else was driving it."
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