In Brevard County this past Thursday, a 2002 Chevy pickup truck driving south on US-1 across the St. Sebastian River Bridge collided with a bicycle headed north on the same highway. The cyclist, 59-year-old David Smith, a resident of Micco, was riding along US-1 and, according to the report, was on the white line painted on the highway’s border. The collision between the bicycle and the car was almost head-on, with the front right corner of the pickup colliding with the front tire of the bicycle, and caused Smith and his bike to collide with the concrete wall dividing the highway’s southbound shoulder from the city’s sidewalk. The bicycle was ultimately propelled over the wall and onto the sidewalk itself.
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During an attempt to stop a vehicle involved in a high-speed chase, Port Orange police officer David Vastell was stuck by the speeding vehicle, sustaining injuries that were non-lethal, but serious nonetheless.
Early Wednesday morning, around 2:00 a.m., Nathan Francschi, a 15-year-old a resident of Orlando, was walking along Carpenter Road when he was hit and seriously injured by a vehicle. The driver of this vehicle did not call the authorities, and it is believed that they immediately fled the scene after hitting Francschi. The boy’s body was discovered on Carpenter Road, close to East Colonial Drive and Grissom Road, by another driver who was making his way home. This second driver immediately called 911. The emergency services rushed Francschi to Florida Hospital East, but due to the severity of his injuries, he died shortly after arriving at the hospital.
On Tuesday evening, around 9:00 p.m. near DeLand in Volusia County, two cars collided at the intersection of East New York Avenue and Jesse Michael Drive. The accident, which occurred east of Interstate 4, involved a four-door 2016 Chevrolet and a four-door 2002 Chrysler. According to a report filed by the Florida Highway Patrol, the cars collided head-on at the intersection after the driver of the Chrysler, the 33-year-old Dustin Hayes from Deltona, veered his vehicle from the westbound lanes into the eastbound lanes. The Chevrolet, driven by the 57-year-old William Hellums from Port Orange, also contained the 31-year-old Rita Michaud.
On Wednesday morning, Darren Ross, a 57-year-old from DeLand, was struck by a southbound train near the intersection of Walker Street and LPGA Boulevard. According to the report issued by the Holly Hill police department, Ross was likely initially struck by the train around 12:35 a.m. in Putnam County. His body, however, remained undiscovered until 6:35 a.m., right around dawn, after two other trains had already passed through the area. Another conductor, northbound on the tracks, saw Ross’s body on the tracks and notified the police.
Monday morning in Rockledge is usually a fairly quiet time, but this past Monday, around 3:00 a.m., firefighters received a call directing them to 404 Ocaso Lane. When they arrived, the Rockledge Fire Department saw black smoke pouring from the bottom unit of a condominium.
Hoverboards, once believed to be the transportation of the future, have taken a long time to come into existence. Even though many of us were ready to do whatever it took after seeing Back to the Future 2 to get our hands on a hoverboard, it has only been recently that this somewhat magical transportation method has come into existence. There are, however, some kinks that need working through, hence the massive recall.
On Monday night, after the barbecues and the parades, many of us settled down to watch firework displays happening throughout our city. Many of us even decided to put on our own. In Campville, Darren Lotow, a 42-year-old from Hawthorn, was lighting his collection of festive explosives when one of them, described as a very large and similar to a mortar, went off prematurely. Deputies from Alachua County issued a report on the accident which stated that the police were first notified around 9:30 p.m. when a woman, who identified herself as Lotow’s wife, called 911 to report that she could not contact her husband. She said that he had recently been lighting fireworks off in the middle of a large pasture.
The Florida Highway Patrol has released a statement identifying the 18-year-old man who died early Friday morning after being run over by three separate cars. A Cocoa resident, Travis Crapps, is reported to have been lying in the middle of Citrus Boulevard’s eastbound lane when the first car struck him around 4:30 a.m. As of this moment, it is unclear why exactly Crapps was lying in the middle of the street, and the driver of the 2006 Ford pickup that first ran the boy over stated that he never even saw the 18-year-old.
On Thursday afternoon, an 8-year-old boy on the Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas ship was discovered in one of the vessel’s three pools. The ship, which had recently departed from Bayonne, NJ, was on the first leg of a 9-day journey that was to take the passengers south to Bermuda and then the Caribbean when the boy was found. According to the statement on record, Coast Guard officials were notified shortly before 7:00pm. The ship changed course and began heading back towards its port of departure. FDNY emergency response crews intercepted the ship about four miles off of Sandy Hook, NJ, and medevaced the child to Staten Island University Hospital North. Currently, the child is still in the hospital, his condition unknown.