Unfortunately, Florida drivers are not getting the message to Share the Road. In two separate accidents, two teens were killed, one Thursday night, July 28, near Tampa, and the other Friday night, July 29, in Orange County.
In the first incident, The Miami Herald reports a 14-year-old was killed when he rode into the path of a Dodge Ram pickup truck on US. 301 in Riverview. The pickup was northbound and when it hit the teen the force ejected him from the bicycle and he died at the scene. The bike did not have any lights or reflectors according to the FHP and the teen and his passenger were both wearing dark clothing. The pickup truck driver suffered minor injuries. According to the FHP, no charges will be filed against him.
In the second incident, a 16-year-old on a bicycle was hit and killed in a collision with a vehicle in Orange County, Friday evening, July 29, according to The Orlando Sentinel. The teen was crossing Avalon Park Boulevard at the intersection of Waterford Chase Parkway. It was still light out, about 6:45 p.m., when he rode in front of a 2000 Toyota which swerved to try and miss the teen. He was thrown from the bicycle and taken to Florida Hospital but was pronounced dead there. According to the FHP report, the boy was in the crosswalk but was not wearing a helmet. The motorist was slightly injured as was a passenger in his vehicle. An investigation is ongoing.
Our hearts go out to the families of these two young people who will forever suffer the loss of a young, loved family member.
There is rarely just one cause of an accident, and an experienced bicycle crash lawyer in Florida can launch an investigation into the causes and liability whenever someone is killed in an accident that is found to be caused by negligence.
Sources: http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2011-07-30/news/os-teen-killed-bicycle-crash-20110729_1_orange-crash-troopers-teen-passengeru and http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/07/29/2336210/15-year-old-bicyclist-dies-in.html