Winter Park Cyclist Dies After Being Struck by Numerous Cars
Police working within the city of Winter Garden are involved in the investigation into a fatal accident that involved a bicyclist as well as numerous cars. What we know so far comes from members of the Winter Garden Police Department who were among the first responders to the scene and issued preliminary reports on the event and its aftermath. According to these reports, the circumstances leading up to the crash began sometime around 5:30 in the morning, when a person on a bicycle was traveling down 9th Street, closing in on the intersection between this and Smith Street. At the same time, numerous other vehicles, most of them cars, were also traveling down 9th Street and Smith Street.
The reports indicate that the person on the bicycle – who was not named in initial reports – was riding a black bicycle without any lights. The reports also suggested that this person was wearing dark or black clothing. Given that the sun has not yet risen in Central Florida at 5:30 in the morning during January, we know that this person was extremely difficult to see as they made their way down the road.
It appears as though Winter Garden Police are looking at the events from this angle, and it is suggested that the first car to strike the cyclist was driven by a person who never even saw the individual on the bicycle. As a result, the car struck the cyclist while still traveling at an advanced rate of speed, throwing the cyclist off of the bike and into the roadway.
Police are under the impression that the driver of the car was unaware that they had struck anyone and so they continued to drive away from the scene. An unspecified time passed during which numerous other vehicles also struck the now severely injured cyclist. Who exactly first noticed the pedestrian remains unclear, but by the time EMTs and paramedics reached the scene there was nothing they could do for the cyclist. This person was pronounced dead at the crash site.
Police within Winter Garden are now asking anyone with any information on the event to come forward. In particular, police are looking for individuals who believe they may have struck the cyclist after they were thrown from their bike.
James O. Cunningham
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