Bicyclist Killed by Elderly Driver in Cocoa Beach
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.
During this time, the car, driven by the 91-year-old Verlin Jenson, a resident of Cocoa Beach, came along the road and struck the cyclist. The Cocoa Beach Police Department’s statement says that the cyclist experienced tremendous injuries due to the accident. The severity of the injuries resulted in his needing to be airlifted from the site of the accident and flown to the Holmes Regional Medical Center, located in Melbourne. When he arrived, he was immediately diagnosed as being in critical condition.
Jenson was not injured in the accident, which is estimated to have occurred around 3:31 in the afternoon, and was able to return to her home shortly afterwards. The Eastbound lanes of the highway along which the incident occurred were shut down for more than an hour after the crash occurred. State Road 520 is one of the most important thoroughfare’s in the Cocoa Beach area, and the inability for the drivers to use this main stretch for some of the most heavily trafficked portions of the rush-hour commute was highly problematic.
As of this moment, the crash and the reasons behind it are still under investigation. No charges have been brought forward to bear on Jenson or the unnamed cyclist, and no specific causes have been listed as the primary reason behind the accident. More information will be gathered as the week progresses and the Cocoa Beach Police will likely have all the information they can gather shortly.
The name of the cyclist has not been released, and it is not known whether he has any next of kin that have been or are in the process of being notified. The police will report further information as they gather it.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.