Reports from the Florida Highway Patrol working within Sumter County have shed some light on an incident that took place towards the middle of July and resulted in the injury of a single individual who was riding a bicycle at the time. According to these reports, two individuals, both of whom were over 60, were involved in the incident that happened in a traffic circle along Buena Vista Boulevard.
According to preliminary reports filed by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office on August 11th, 2020, an Ocala man suffered fatal injuries after he was rear-ended by a pizza delivery driver’s vehicle while riding his bicycle. Authorities stated that both men were traveling along a poorly lit stretch of NE 25th Avenue at approximately 9:30 in the evening when the collision occurred.
It was shortly before 10:00 this past Sunday morning when local 9-1-1 centers first started to receive calls referencing a near-fatal bicycle accident in The Villages. Preliminary crash reports from the Florida Highway Patrol officers working within Sumter County indicate that this bike crash occurred on July 19th, 2020, after an SUV collided with the rider, severely injuring him.
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.