At any given time, quite a few bicyclists can be found riding along Florida roads. Whether for recreation, exercise or simply because it is their only means of travel, a lot of people take to bicycles in the Sunshine State due to its relatively warm weather in the winter months. One man from Brandon was apparently trying reach a destination on his bike when he was struck and killed in a multi-car accident recently.
Around 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 21, a 30-year-old man from Brandon was riding a bicycle and tried to cross SR 60 at the intersection of U.S. 301. At the same time, four motor vehicles were also on SR 60, heading east. The cyclist attempted to cross the road, and he was struck by all four vehicles. He was transported to a local medical center, where he succumbed to his injuries.
The vehicles involved were two SUVs, a pickup truck and a sedan. The drivers of the vehicles range in age from 32 to 61. One vehicle was in the left-hand turn lane, and two others were in the left and right lanes of the road; the was sedan following the SUV in the inside lane. The names of the drivers were not released.
No word was given as to why the man attempted to cross the road in the path of oncoming traffic. Also, nothing was mentioned regarding an ongoing investigation or how four separate vehicles hit him almost simultaneously. Because of the circumstances and unanswered questions as to what caused the accident, the surviving family of the deceased will want to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney in Florida to gain a full understanding of their rights and options, including a potential wrongful death claim against the drivers who struck him.