Biking Death in Hillsborough County – Dangers on the Road for Florida Bicyclists

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A 64-year-old man was killed after a Jeep struck his bicycle from behind. The accident occurred around 5:15 a.m. on Northbound U.S. 41 in Hillsborough County, Florida – this is the ninth cyclist to be killed in the area in the past three-and-a-half months. The cyclist has not been identified and authorities are still investigating the incident. Florida officials did say that they cyclist was not wearing a helmet and the bike had no lights. Since a death resulted from this accident, there will be a full investigation into the cause and preventability of this accident by law enforcement officials.
The Jeep’s driver was identified as Kenneth Brown of Tampa, Florida. After Brown’s Jeep came into contact with the bicycle, the cyclist was pushed onto the shoulder and thrown into a power – the cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. According to Brown and his wife, they both did not see the cyclist in enough time to avoid the crash. If you would like to read more on this story please see Recent death of cyclist makes total of 9 deaths in less than 4 months in Hillsborough County, Florida.
The death of this man is a tragedy for his family and community. Florida roadways can be extremely dangerous, especially for bicyclists. In order to protect themselves, cyclists should make themselves visible to automobile drivers. Cyclists can do so by wearing reflective clothing and putting lights and reflectors on their bicycles. Visibility is key to ensure bicyclist safety and to prevent personal injury or death.

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