On a beautiful and sunny Tuesday in Winter Park, many cyclists were out soaking up the clear air and sunshine. Riding a bicycle is one of the greatest pleasures that the warm and clear weather brings, and this day was no exception. Read the rest »
The Florida Highway Patrol has released the currently available details about the death of a 55-year-old man from Indiantown who died on Sunday night after being hit by a car. According to the report, the man, Phain Cecil Davis, was on his bicycle and riding down Southwest Farm Road. This road, a two lane road used for local traffic, is usually not very busy, although it is not clear whether or not there is an adequate amount of light covering the street at all times. Read the rest »
Frank Attkisson, a former mayor of Kissimmee, Florida, was killed after being hit by a car while riding his bike on Thursday night. The 61 year old was riding his bike on Kissimmee Park Road near Tohopekaliga around 7:00 PM in the evening when he was hit from behind by a Hyundai Elantra. Attkisson was taken to Osceola Regional Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. Police are currently investigating the accident. Read the rest »
A frightening accident happened on the the morning of March 1st in the eastern part of Orange County that thankfully resulted only in minor injuries, but that reinforced for several people just how tentative our hold on life can be. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident occurred close to 8:00 in the morning, at the intersection of Alafaya Club Drive and Lokanotosa Trail. Two boys, aged 5 and 8, were riding their bikes to their elementary school when they began crossing the street. At the same time, a red Nissan Maxima was driving nearby. It is not clear exactly how, whether the boys forgot to look or whether the driver of the car was not paying attention, but the two boys were hit by the car. Read the rest »
A victim advocate described Jordan’s last bike ride with his best friend to the court, while his 11 year old client sat next to him crying. The bike ride happened nearly two years ago in Ocoee, Florida, near Orlando. Read the rest »
During the mid-afternoon on Monday in Cocoa Beach, an accident occurred between an unnamed cyclist and a car driven by an elderly woman. The Cocoa Beach Police Department issued a statement saying that the incident, which happened along the Cocoa Beach Causeway (also known as State Road 520), occurred as the cyclist, an unnamed homeless man who is believed to be 45-years-old, attempted to cross the road. Read the rest »
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.
A 17-year-old boy has died in Baker County, the result of an auto accident that occurred Monday night. The police department indicates that the boy was riding his bike after dark near the Lee and Baker Mobile Home Park on North Boulevard West. A 2001 Dodge Ram was traveling westbound on North Boulevard West when the bicycle appeared in the roadway heading southbound out of the mobile home park. The driver of the truck reported to authorities that he tried to swerve to avoid the boy on the bicycle, but could not in time, and struck the teenager in his side. The force of the collision launched the boy off of the bike and he came to rest on the pavement.
Bailey Anne Cagliuso, 26, of Palm Coast was critically injured on October 21st, when she attempted to exit her driveway on her bicycle. As she pulled onto Felshire Lane just before 7 p.m., she was struck by a southbound car driven by Kiara Hemby, 18, of Orangeburg, S.C., according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Cagliuso was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach with life-threatening injuries, investigators said.
Crossing the street can be a challenge as a pedestrian or a bicyclist. You often have to negotiate several lanes of traffic and cars can be coming from multiple angles. The task is made more dangerous when a drunk driver jumps the curb and runs down the bicycle rider. That is exactly what happened to man in Winter Park, Fla.