Cyclist (Robert Paul King) on Bike Florida Tour Killed by Driver in Alachua County, Florida – (Watch Out for Bicyclists and Pedestrians!)

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A motorcyclist from Prescott, Arizona, was tragically killed during the Spring 2011 tour of Bike Florida, the organization’s first fatality it ins 18-year history. 65-year-old Robert Paul King was hit by a 1999 Ford pickup truck on Newberry Road in Newberry, Florida. The driver of the pickup was identified as 23-year-old Brian Patrick Bunting. Bunting was traveling eastbound on Newberry Road when he drifted onto the should and into King’s motorcycle. According to Lt. Patrick Riordan of the Florida Highway Patrol, Blunting told troopers his cellphone had fallen into the floor of the truck and he was reaching down to retrieve it when he hit King. Charges could be filed after the investigation is complete. Rachel Weissler, Bike Florida ride director, said King was riding alone at the time of the accident instead of with a group. Bike Florida is an organization that puts on cycling tours to raise money for bicycling and traffic safety education. King’s death is the organization’s first fatality or serious injury in its history, said Weissler. For more read Arizona motorcyclist killed during Bike Florida tour.

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