While the reports around bike accidents and fatalities continue to roll in, creating much concern in their repeated reminder that biking in Florida remains a highly dangerous occupation, Flagler County comes to us today to remind us that not everywhere is the prognosis dire. According to reports from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, the county remains the only one within Central Florida to go without a single bike fatality since 2017.
Close to Tampa, in Brandon, a 16-year-old was on their bicycle on the evening of Sunday, January 5th, and riding down North Parsons Avenue. According to reports from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the teenager was on their bike at close to 7:30 in the evening and was headed towards the intersection of North Parsons Avenue and Clemons Road. At this same time, a red 2000 Ford Explorer was traveling northward down North Parsons Avenue.
Bikers in Florida are having a notoriously difficult year. Punishment passes, hit-and-runs, and unusually aggressive drivers in general make up for the majority of incidents involving bikers, which makes it all the more unfair when the roads themselves are the cause of the incident.
Reports stemming from data compiled by the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle’s Crash Dashboard recently emerged which indicated that cyclists attempting to ride within Central Florida are at severe risk for bicycle accidents resulting in injury or death. This data highlights just how at-risk cyclists attempting to ride through Central Florida are, with a review of each of Florida’s counties placing Orange County at the top of the list for collisions and fatalities.
In April, a 10-year-old child was struck and killed by a car while on his way home from school. According to the reports that were released shortly after the fatal bicycle accident, the young boy was on his bike and riding across the street at the intersection of Landstar Boulevard and Wetherbee Road when a driver who was not paying attention to their surroundings struck the child with their car. After colliding with the 10-year-old, the driver sped away from the area.
At the very end of July, an accident was reported in Daytona Beach involving an individual on a bicycle and a car. As is often the case in such incidents, the cyclist died as a result of the crash. Reports from the Daytona Beach Police Department stated the cyclist, who was later identified as a 37-year-old, was on a bicycle and riding it along International Speedway Boulevard at close to 3:00 in the afternoon. It is believed that the cyclist was riding in one of the speedway’s outside lanes.
A collision in Seminole County that happened on Wednesday, May 15th, resulted in the death of a cyclist. At the time of this writing, the current reports from the Florida Highway Patrol indicate that the collision happened sometime during Wednesday night, although it is not clear if this was earlier in the evening or later.
After the devastating fatal bicycle accident that happened on Wednesday, April 24th, and left a ten-year-old dead after being struck by a semi at the intersection of Landstar Boulevard and Wetherbee Road, the Florida Highway Patrol investigated the area to determine whether or not it was the intersection itself that was the problem. Their preliminary investigation – only the result of several days of work, at the time of this writing – suggests that, far from being an isolated incident, this incident was only one of close to 25 separate crashes that have occurred at the same intersection between 2017 and now.
Investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol are working to uncover the reasons behind a bicycle accident that happened along Orange Blossom Trail on Friday, March 15th, and resulted in the death of a 40-year-old woman who was riding her bike at the time. According to the Florida Highway Patrol’s reports, the incident took place close to 4:20 in the afternoon, near to where Orange Blossom Trail intersects with Kaley Street.
On Tuesday, January 29th, police working with the Florida Highway Patrol responded to reports of a bicycle accident that had taken place somewhere on State Road 520 within Orange County. When the authorities arrived, they found the crash as reported, and an individual who had been involved suffering from severe injuries as a result.