An investigation is underway within Brevard County to discover exactly what happened to cause a car to fatally strike a cyclist on the morning of Friday, June 26th. Reports from the Florida Highway Patrol within Brevard County indicated that the accident happened sometime around 8:00 a.m. More information is forthcoming from the FHP, but at the time of this writing there remain many unanswered questions.
A bicycle accident that took place in Pinellas Park during the beginning of a weekend in May initially resulted in a manhunt for an individual believed to have fled from the scene of a collision resulting in serious injuries. The reports from the Pinellas Park Police Department indicate that the initial accident happened sometime around 9:00 at night on Friday, May 15th, as a 60-year-old man was trying to walk across U.S. 19.
A grim, fatal accident that occurred in Tampa early in April has rattled residents and left people demanding that the mayor of the city begin implementing additional rules to keep pedestrians and cyclists safe. It started shortly before 11:00 in the morning on Saturday, April 4th, a time when many people were out walking along the promenade at Bayshore Boulevard, enjoying the chance to escape from the quarantine in their homes with a bit of sunshine, social distancing, and a sliver of normality. At this same time, at least three motorcyclists were traveling down Bayshore Boulevard’s northbound lanes, close to the stretch where people were walking.
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.