A 1996 Ford pickup truck driver killed a 70-year-old bicyclist in Brevard County on the 8th while on the 30th another driver in Seminole County near Oviedo plowed into a power line – cutting off electricity to thousands of residents.
On the 30th of May, an unidentified man driving a white Cadillac surged his vehicle into a utility pole, disconnecting power from some 13,000 residents of Seminole County. The driver suddenly lost control and slammed into the pole on Mitchell Hammock Road. The pole was left standing, albeit a bit wobbly, but the impact severed several high-tension power lines causing them to short out. The vehicle was said by witnesses to fishtail from side to side, perhaps in the manner of a small dog caught in a great shark’s jaws. Said witness Tara McCarren, “I assumed it was a car wreck because I heard the ambulances and the helicopters.” The unidentified driver was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center with undetermined injuries and remains in serious condition. He remains unidentified as of this writing. The collision left local residences and businesses without power until it was restored by Progress Energy about two hours later. “All of a sudden, we were left in the dark and had to make-do with candles and incense,” adds McCarren, “at least our shop smelled nicer than usual.” McCarren is the proprietor of a hair salon.
On Thursday morning June 4, a 1996 Ford pickup truck driver struck and killed a bicyclist in Cocoa Beach, Florida. The operator of the pickup truck was headed east on State Road 520 when he struck the elderly rider while he attempted to make a right turn onto Clearlake Road. The bicyclist who was killed was a 70-year-old male whose identity was not released prior to his family’s notification. The driver of the vehicle has yet to be apprehended and may have been traveling at a high rate of speed. If he is apprehended, criminal charges may well be filed.
Pedestrian or bicyclists vs. vehicle accidents are especially common on the rural roads and highways prevalent in Central Florida. Often the right-of-way is not yielded until it is too late, or else excessive speed or alcohol consumption is involved. With the cessation of funding for many public safety programs due to harsh economic conditions, an increase in such mishaps is all but assured. More than 600,000 pickup trucks were registered to operate on Florida’s highways as of January 1, 2009. Bicyclists on Florida’s roads are also becoming increasingly ubiquitous, although most are well under the age of 70. The harsh economic conditions have made the bicycle a more significant mode of transportation that other vehicles need to be aware of, especially when traveling on rural highways.
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