Friends of Bicyclist Blame Buzzing for His Death

This is a sad story of the death of a bicyclist in St. Johns County that still has no conclusion.

Last April, a 23-year-old student from the University of St. Augustine, who had been riding a bicycle on County Road 214, was found dead in a ditch after being hit by a pickup truck which left the scene. His friend now tells Channel 4 he believes he knows what happened. The friend of the deceased bicyclist says he never believed the truck driver hit his friend when he was distracted. Instead, he points to something called “buzzing” that happens when the driver of an automobile comes extremely close to a bicyclist to scare him. Apparently, it happens all the time but in this case the friend says instead of scaring his friend, something went horribly wrong.

Traffic investigators also believe it is possible because the truck driver would have had to drift across both lanes of traffic to hit the oncoming bicyclist. It’s difficult to believe it was not intentional “buzzing” at least initially, they say.

Motorists may buzz a bicyclist because they are annoyed at sharing the road or just to harass the cyclist for fun. The friend tells Channel 4 that motorists can be extremely annoying and dangerous. One time he was hit in the head with an orange. During “buzzing,” drivers will come within inches of the cyclist.

Under Florida law, a driver must give a bicyclist at least three feet when they pass and the cyclist can ride just like a car in a lane of traffic, forcing motorists to slow down and pass on the left side. This annoys some behind the wheel of a car.

Hit-and-Run Reward, sponsored locally by the Florida bicycle accident attorneys at Farah & Farah, would also be more than willing to pay for any information that leads to a conviction of the individual who left the scene of this bicycle fatality. We’ll never know if he could have rendered aid and saved the young man’s life. Call and you can remain anonymous at (800) 644-8678 and get this dangerous person off of our roads.