A man who killed two people while driving through a red light has earned the nickname “hero of the day” after police say he pulled over to help two women from a car in his car park.
A manhunt is underway for Robert Allen Riggs, 46, who police said shot two women in the head after they ran into a ditch near the intersection of E. 4th Street and East 17th Avenue on Sunday.
Authorities said Riggs was on his way to pick up his wife from work at a nearby McDonald’s when he struck a pedestrian who was standing in the street.
The man, who was not identified, was taken to a hospital, where he died.
The women who were struck, who were identified by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office as Barbara and Barbara Hightower, were in stable condition.
The two women who had been hit by Riggs are being treated at a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
“He had a plan and a plan to get to them,” Palm Beach Gardens Police Chief Greg Anderson told reporters Tuesday.
“This is a tragic accident.”
Police said Rigg was heading northbound on E. 16th Avenue, near the Palm Springs Avenue exit ramp, around 3:30 p.m.
Sunday when he hit a car.
Police said he did not stop for the women, who had exited their car and ran into the ditch.
He was arrested at the scene.
Riggs told police he stopped to help the women because they had hit his car.
He did not identify himself to officers as the driver or the passenger of the car.
“I don’t want to go on camera, but I did have a plan,” he said.
“You know, the plan was, I had two cars in the intersection.
I was going to pick them up.
And they were going to go to the McDonald’s.
I had to stop and help them.”
Police did not say how long Riggs had been driving.
He is being held on a $2 million bond and has a court date scheduled for Sept. 14.
Rigg told police his wife was pregnant, but police said they did not know if she was.
He said he was driving northbound when he saw the cars, and he saw them turning onto East 17st Avenue.
“That’s when I saw that they were turning left into the intersection,” he told police.
“The car was in the crosswalk.”
Police found Riggs’ car in the ditch at the intersection and searched for him.
He admitted to officers that he did hit the victims, who have not been identified.
Police say he drove away in his 2004 Toyota Camry.
Rigsons wife said in a statement Monday that she was devastated by the crash and the pain she has suffered since it happened.
“It has been so hard on us,” she said.
Police were looking for Riggs as of Tuesday morning.
Roles attorney, Eric Riggs Jr., said he has not heard from his client since the accident.
He has not yet spoken with the media.
Ritchie said he is grateful for the help of the Palm Beachers Police Department.
“They’ve been great, I’m thankful for that,” he wrote in a text message to The Associated Press.
Riven, the mother of the victims in the hit-or-run, said she has been shocked by the news.
“We were just happy to hear that they’re okay,” she told The Palm Beach Post.
“At the end of the process, I just hope he’s found a way to get a job so he can live his life.”
Riggs also owns the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants.