ALTON, IL (KTVI)– Twenty-five-year-old Jeffrey Rynders of Alton is facing several charges, including Aggravated DUI Causing Death in connection with a fatal crash that claimed the life of 66-year-old Gary Wright ofWood River, Illinois.
Wright’s wife was critically injured in the collision, which happened Sunday evening in Alton, on Landmark Boulevard near the Clark Bridge.
Investigators say Rynders was driving a green Nissan Sentra at about 6:30PM Sunday when he tried to turn left to get on the bridge, but slammed into the Wrights who were riding a red Harley Davidson motorcycle.
After the fatal collision, Rynders ran down a hill with two witnesses on his trail trying to get away. A man in the parking lot of Riverbend Billards & Grill caught him. The three men held Rynders until police arrived.
Seconds before the crash, police say Rynders was involved in a road rage incident. They say he jumped out of his car at a signal light and yelled at the driver behind him for honking his horn when he failed to go after the light turned green. Rynders is being held on $125,000 bail.
A neighbor tells Fox 2, the Wrights were good people who recently retired and enjoyed spending time with friends and family and riding their Harley.
Funeral arrangements are pending at this time.