Lakewood Ranch, FL (January 7, 2021) - The Florida Highway Patrol responded to the scene of a vehicle crash in Lakewood Ranch on Thursday morning. The crash happened at the intersection of Lakewood National Parkway and Arnie Loop at approximately 9:00 a.m.
According to a report, an 18-year-old Bradenton man was traveling on Arniel Loop when he came to a stop sign with Lakewood National Parkway. As he made a right turn onto Lakewood National, he struck the 73-year-old bicyclist, also from Bradenton. The bicyclist suffered critical injuries and was airlifted to a local hospital for treatment. The driver was not hurt in the crash. Troopers say that the woman was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision. Neither the bicyclist nor the driver was identified.
There is no word on charges at this time.
When we think of injury crashes, we tend to think of cars and other more traditional passenger vehicles. Yet, each year in our state there are about 6,000 reported bicycle accidents. Bicycling is a popular activity in Florida, given the year-round temperate climate and many Floridians enjoy riding their bicycles for exercise. This is not without risk, however, as more than 90% of Florida bicycle accidents result in some type of injuries for the bicyclist, many of them serious injuries. Sadly, a large number of Florida bicyclists will be hurt in a crash that was not their fault.
We would like to offer our thoughts and most sincere well-wishes to the victim of this bicycle crash in Lakewood Ranch.
Rubenstein Law is dedicated to serving individuals and families injured by the negligence of others. We know first-hand the heartbreak that can be left behind after an accident. In our news blog, we write about cases or personal injury that are relevant to our line of work, and we report on news of judgments and appellate cases that affect the rights of personal injury claimants. We feel a responsibility for the tragic loss of life occurring across our state every day.
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