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LEESBURG, FL – Police in Leesburg said a man has died of his injuries following a bicycle accident last Wednesday, the Daily Commercial reports.

The victim was identified as 64-year-old Timothy Rodiez of Leesburg.  Investigators said he was riding a bicycle on U.S. 27 near the entrance to the Legacy Retirement Community at about 4:30 p.m. when he was struck by a car.

Rodiez was pronounced dead over the weekend at Orlando Regional Medical Center.  Police are continuing to investigate the incident, but have said it was not a hit-and-run.

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OCALA, FL – A woman has been arrested following a crash in Ocala on Sunday that left a bicycle rider dead, WESH reports.

The incident happened on the 3100 block of NW Blitchton Road near Interstate 75.  According to the Ocala Police Department, a woman driving a Mini Cooper veered off the roadway and hit a man who was riding a bicycle on the sidewalk.  The bicyclist, 61-year-old Louis Osiel, was killed.

Police said the driver, identified as 43-year-old Elizabeth Pizzonia, left the scene after the accident but returned later showing indications of impairment.

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PASCO COUNTY, FL – A collision in Pasco County on Thursday morning claimed the life of a teenage bicycle rider, WESH reports.

The victim, a 15-year-old boy, was riding near the intersection of Kitten Trail and Thompson Avenue when the incident took place at about 6:30 a.m.

As the bicyclist was headed eastbound in the travel lane, a man driving a Dodge Charger approached and tried to avoid a collision but struck the rear of the bicycle, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

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GAINESVILLE, FL – The Florida Highway Patrol said a man riding a bicycle was struck and killed early Wednesday morning by a Marion County Sheriff’s deputy’s vehicle, according to the Ocala Star-Banner.

The accident happened on State Road 200 just east of SW 80 Avenue just before 3:30 a.m.

The FHP said the bicyclist and the marked sheriff’s SUV were both going east on the roadway.  The deputy did not see the bicyclist and struck the bike from behind.   The rider, a 63-year-old Gainesville man, was pronounced dead at the scene.  The deputy stopped after the incident.

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LAKE COUNTY, FL – The Florida Highway Patrol said a teenage bicyclist died after an accident in Lake County on Monday morning.

According to WESH, the 17-year-old boy was riding a bicycle on Hancock Road near the entrance to Lake Minneola High School when the crash occurred shortly before 7 a.m.  Investigators said the bicycle rider was in a marked crosswalk when the driver of a school bus made a left turn and swerved to miss the teen but was unable to avoid a collision.

The victim, a student at the high school, was hit by the bus and pronounced dead after being rushed to South Lake Hospital. No one on board the bus was injured.

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LAKE COUNTY, FL – A bicyclist was critically injured after being hit by a truck in Lake County on Wednesday morning, reports Inside Lake.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the victim was a 45-year-old man from Paisley.  He was trying to ride across State Road 44 near Spruce Drive when the accident occurred at about 8:15 a.m.

The bicycle entered the path of a semi-truck with a trailer, and when the driver of the truck swerved to avoid the bicycle,  the vehicle overturned on the road’s south shoulder.  Investigators said the back end of the trailer caused the bicyclist to be thrown from the bike.

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Unreasonable speeding in school zones has always been a problem, but now a new state legislation permits local governments in Florida to set up cameras to catch violators.

One study revealed that more than 98% of automobiles passing a high school were going 10 mph faster than the posted speed limit, endangering nearby students and pedestrians.

The law states that if a driver is caught going 11 miles per hour over the school zone speed restriction, the registered owner of the car will be fined $100.

Untitled-design-59-200x300The cameras are activated 30 minutes before the start of school and 30 minutes after the last bell.

According to the law, there must be signs notifying motorists that cameras are in use, and there is a 30-day public awareness period during which motorists will get warnings prior to the imposition of fines.

Every morning throughout the school year, children across the U.S. wake up start their trek to school via automobile, bike, school bus, or on foot. To keep children as safe as possible, strict speed limits are posted and enforced near every school at time periods when children are coming and going.

When cars are moving slower, they have more time to react if a child suddenly steps or falls into the road. However, motorists who are not paying attention are a threat to everyone in their vicinity regardless of the posted speed limit. Even at 20 miles per hour, it takes a motorist about 23 feet to stop completely.

Here are a few tips to follow when driving near a school:

  • Always keep your eyes on the road to ensure the safety of children, other pedestrians, and motorists.
  • Keep your phone on vibrate or quiet to reduce distractions.
  • Use a hands-free device if you must take a call.
  • Never text and drive.
  • Keep your eyes on the road so you can stop or prevent a pedestrian collision involving a child who crosses without signaling since young children might behave erratically.

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GAINESVILLE, FL – The Florida Highway Patrol and Alachua County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene of a bicycle accident Tuesday night, reports WCJB.

It happened in the vicinity of Northwest 39th Avenue and Northwest 53rd Street in Gainesville shortly before 6 p.m.

According to state troopers, a man riding a bicycle was struck near the intersection by a 2011 Nissan. The bicyclist suffered injuries that were not regarded as life-threatening and was transported to an area hospital.  The victim’s identity was not disclosed.

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SORRENTO, FL – The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a hit-and-run incident in Lake County last Wednesday morning that left a bicyclist hospitalized.

According to WKMG, the crash happened on Wolf Branch Road near County Road 437 in Sorrento.  The FHP said a 59-year-old bicycle rider was headed east on Wolf Branch Road at about 4:45 a.m. when he was struck by a vehicle going in the same direction.

The victim, a man from Sorrento, was seriously injured and transported to an area hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. The bicycle did have proper lighting, troopers said.

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PASCO COUNTY, FL – A bicyclist was seriously injured after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in Pasco County, state troopers said.

A report by Pasco News Online states that the incident occurred June 18 on State Road 54 near Sunlake Boulevard.  An investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol determined that the bicycle rider was heading west on SR-54 ahead of a pickup truck in the left travel lane at about 2 a.m.  The pickup collided with the bicyclist, who ended up in the grass median.

The bike rider, a 37-year-old man from Lutz, was hospitalized in serious condition.  The FHP said the driver of the pickup truck fled the scene without stopping to help.  A search is now underway for the driver and vehicle involved.  Vehicle parts found at the scene indicated that it was a Ford F-150 pickup.

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