Man hit motorcyclist at 94 in a 35 mph zone, now faces homicide charge, police said

Source: Daytona Beach Shores police; Unsplash

Aug. 29 2021, Published 4:43 p.m. ET

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A Louisiana man reportedly confessed to fatally running down a Florida motorcyclist at speeds just under 100 mph.

Daytona Beach Shores Officers were dispatched to the 3700 block of South Atlantic Avenue for a vehicle that crashed into a motorcyclist and then into a building on July 19.

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Officers arrived and reportedly located a crashed motorcycle and found a man who was declared dead on scene. A Dodge Challenger had also crashed through the wall of an apartment building, according to Daytona Shores Beach police.

Investigators determined the driver of the Dodge Challenger was Rodney Williams Jr., who was reportedly in town on vacation from Louisiana with his girlfriend and her son, who owned the Challenger.

Williams reportedly asked the owner of the Dodge Challenger to drive the vehicle to see “what it could do,” and took the car out for a joyride northbound on South Atlantic, then southbound at speeds up to 106 mpjh, in a posted 35 MPH zone, according to the Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety.

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Police said a motorcyclist, 24-year-old Jessy Bilski of Volusia County, Florida, was also riding southbound to his home while and traveling approximately 35 mph, when Williams struck Bilski from behind at 94 miles per hour.


After hitting the motorcycle, police said he continued to travel nearly 600 feet striking the curb, a street sign, light pole, fencing and then crashed into the north wall of a townhome, police said.

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The front end of the vehicle crashed through the wall of the building and into the resident’s kitchen. No one was harmed inside the townhome.

Williams was the sole occupant of the vehicle and exited the vehicle on his own after the wreck, police said.

On Aug. 25, Daytona Beach Shores Detectives traveled to New Orleans to interview Williams, who provided a full confession to his involvement in the crash, causing Bilski’s death, according to police.

New Orleans police arrested Williams and took him into custody. Williams is charged with vehicular homicide and was ordered held without bond. He will soon be extradited to Volusia County, Florida, where he will await trial.


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