SUV vs Bike Crash Kills Executive Director of the Florida VA or Dont Ride on the Sidewalk

31 07 2010

From-Tampa Bay Online Here is further proof for those of you that ride on the sidewalk or if you are trying to convince someone that it is actually more dangerous to do so.

The 75-year-old son of former Gov. LeRoy Collins was killed Thursday morning while riding his bicycle in South Tampa, police said.

LeRoy Collins Jr., a retired admiral and current executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs, was crossing South Hyde Park Avenue at Brorein Street just before 7 a.m. when his bicycle was struck by a sport utility vehicle, police said.

Police ruled the crash an accident and said no charges will be filed against Margaux Manuel, the driver of the SUV.

Manuel, 27, was heading west on Brorein Street and stopped at the South Hyde Park Avenue red light, police said. She made a left turn from the one-way street onto Hyde Park Avenue but did not see Collins in the crosswalk, police said. Manuel hit the bicycle, police said.

Sad story, but if he was in the lane where he should have been riding he would probably still be alive today.



One response

6 08 2010
Richard Masoner

Yeah, Collins probably would’ve been safer in the lane, but I’m still flustered the motorist wasn’t ticketed. HE FAILED TO YIELD THE RIGHT OF WAY to the old guy in the crosswalk, and I doubt a 75-year-old on a bike was going much faster than pedestrian speed.

Way to go, Florida.

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