Teenager Perishes in Baker County Bicycle Accident
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.
Residents of the mobile home park say that this isn’t the first time that they have seen accidents in this area. To make matters worse, visibility is low due to the lack of artificial lighting at the intersection of North Boulevard West and Cardinal Lane, which is the entrance to the mobile home park. Residents say that many children live in the park, and are often seen at the intersection trying to cross to the other side. They say that it’s extremely dangerous and the city needs to install more lighting to improve visibility to make it safer for motorists and pedestrians.
The cost to install artificial lighting at the intersection would likely cost thousands of dollars and it is unclear if the city has plans to do so at this time. Whatever the cost, residents of the area say that it is a needed improvement for the area, to avoid injury or possibly further loss of life. The pain and emotional suffering that could be avoided is something you cannot place a price tag on.
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.
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