fatal Florida bicycle accidents
In Central Florida, an estimated 1,300 people use a bicycle to get to work each day, and Orlando is no exception. Still, even as more and more people use their bike as their main means of transportation, road planning and safety has not caught up, and Florida has the highest per capita rate of bicycle accidents in the country.
A boy riding his bike on the way to school was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer in the Orlando area’s most recent fatal bicycle accident. Witnesses report that the six-year-old was on his way to Meadow Woods Elementary School with his older brother and two friends about 8:10 a.m. when he was struck by a semi-truck hauling wooden roofing materials that was exiting State Road 417. Florida Highway Patrol troopers say that the driver is a 47-year-old Winter Haven man, who told them that he never saw the boy. He told them that he had stopped his rig just past a yield sign after making a right turn onto Landstar Blvd. because he “felt a bump.”