The cyclist killed Wednesday morning in a hit-and-run crash south of Kimberly was 34-year-old Twin Falls firefighter Ryan Franklin.
Police responded to the report of a vehicle versus bicycle crash at 8:50 a.m. on the rural two-lane road at 3375 E. 2900 N, Idaho State Police said.
Franklin, of Filer, was riding his bicycle west on 2900 North when he was struck by a westbound Jeep and thrown onto the side of the road, ISP said. Franklin was wearing a helmet but died at the scene.
Hollie Winnett, 32, of Hollister was driving the 2002 Jeep Liberty that struck Franklin, ISP said. Winnett left the crash scene but later returned.
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Winnett has been arrested for misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter and felony leaving the scene of a fatality crash, according to ISP
The road was closed for three hours during the investigation.
As news of Franklin’s death spread Wednesday morning, a memorial fund for his family was created on gofundme.com.
Within about an hour, 27 people donated $2,615, more than 25-percent of the $10,000 goal.
The creator of the account said Franklin was riding his bicycle home from work.
Franklin was a married father of four who was a Twin Falls firefighter for about 2 1/2 years. During Christmas he accompanied young shoppers at Target during the retail chain’s Heroes & Helpers program.
Statesman staff contributed.