Driver Strikes and Kills Man on Tandem Bike in Fort Meyers, Florida (FL)
FORT MEYERS, FL- News-press.com writes that a car struck two people riding a tandem bike on Daniels Parkway, leaving one person dead. The victim was identified as a 71-year-old man from Fort Meyers. Another person was injured in the crash as well.*
Reports indicate that the vehicle involved was a pickup truck. The man and a woman were traveling along the road, which they then attempted to cross in the evening. A pickup truck collided with the bike as the couple entered the westbound lanes.
The driver who struck the bike was a 23-year-old woman from Cape Coral. The motorist was not hurt in the collision. The incident is still under investigation. The identities of the victims are not being released because of Marcy’s Law.
Cyclists are at a higher risk in Florida than in any other state in the nation. In 2017, 857 people were killed while biking in the United States. Of that total, 125 of those individuals were in Florida. Data indicates that 160 people died in bike crashes in Florida the following year, while 146 died last year. So far this year, 42 people are reported to have died in cyclist crashes in the state.
While it is important that cyclists follow the law and remain predictable, cyclist safety also requires that drivers pay attention to the road. People have a right to bike on the road, and drivers must yield to them the same way that they would to other vehicles. It is important for motorists to always obey posted speed limits in order to keep cyclists and pedestrians safe. When passing a person on a bike, drivers must leave plenty of space.
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