Bicyclist Suffers Serious Injuries in Accident Crossing Mayport Road in Jacksonville, Florida

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A bicyclist suffered serious injuries after being struck by an automobile in Jacksonville, Florida. According to officials, Appalonia Nelson, 20-years-old, was crossing Mayport Road close to Mayport Middle School when she was hit by a car. The police said she sustained life-threatening injuries and was flown to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center for treatment; she was in critical condition but then upgraded to serious condition.
The principal at Mayport Middle School, Katrina McCray, said Nelson was once her student and currently works with her at the school. McCray spoke highly of Nelson, and said that she was a quiet, sweet and overall a good person. McCray said she felt like it was one of her own children that were injured, and everyone at Mayport Middle School has been praying for Nelson.
Many residents of Jacksonville, Neptune and Atlantic Beach ride bicycles as their main form of transportation or for fun. Resident Donny King said that you do not need a vehicle when you live out at the beach. However, King acknowledged that riding a bike in the area can be dangerous. King is careful to watch the road when he rides his bicycle. Resident Romona Offer said that a lot of people who live in Atlantic Beach know they are allowed to ride their bicycle on the sidewalks and not all cities allow that. Offer was also hit by a vehicle several years ago while riding her bicycle in Atlantic Beach. For more information on this topic, see Bicyclist, 20, Hit Crossing Mayport Road.

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