Man From Louisiana Who Killed Florida Motorcyclist Arrested And Charged

A Louisiana man who was vacationing in Florida was arrested and charged after a July accident left a 24-year-old man dead.

On July 19, 2021, 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.

Upon arrival at the scene, officers located a crashed motorcycle, a deceased male, and a Dodge Challenger that had crashed through the north wall of an apartment building.

During the investigation of the crash, it was determined that the driver of the Dodge Challenger was Rodney Williams Jr., who was in town on vacation from Louisiana with his girlfriend and her son, the owner of the vehicle.

Williams asked the owner of the Dodge Challenger to drive the vehicle to see “what it could do.”

Williams was given permission to drive the car and exited the parking lot of his hotel in the 3700 block of South Atlantic Avenue. Williams began joyriding the vehicle northbound on South Atlantic and then southbound. Williams began to travel southbound at speeds up to 106 miles per hour, in a posted 35 MPH zone.

The motorcyclist, 24-year-old Jessy Bilski of Volusia County, was also riding southbound to his home while abiding by traffic laws and traveling approximately 35 MPH.

The investigation revealed that Williams struck Jessy Bilski from behind at 94 miles per hour. After impacting the motorcycle, he continued to travel nearly 600 feet striking the curb, a street sign, light pole, fencing, then crashed into the north wall of a townhome.

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 was able to exit the vehicle after the crash on his own.

According to the video surveillance which captured the accident, Jessy Bilski operated the motorcycle in a safe manner and had not displayed any actions that would have contributed to the cause of the crash. Jessy Bilski was pronounced dead on the scene.

After a thorough investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for the arrest of Williams for Vehicular Homicide. On August 25, 2021, Daytona Beach Shores Detectives traveled to the city of New Orleans to interview Williams, who provided a full confession to his involvement in the crash that caused the death of Jessy Bilski.

New Orleans Police Department took Williams into custody last week on the arrest warrant. Williams is charged with Vehicular Homicide and has No Bond. Williams will be extradited to Volusia County where he will await trial.

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