Four Bicyclists Struck From Behind
Florida remains the states in the U.S. with the highest rates of bicycle/automobile accidents. In 2017, there were 111 reported fatalities in Florida and many hundreds more accidents involving serious injury. According to the Florida Crash Records Website, in over half of these crashes alcohol was a contributing factor. Thankfully, however, it appears that alcohol was not involved in a recent crash which happened in Venice earlier this week.
In a story appearing on the Miami CBS affiliate station website, on Tuesday in Venice four bicyclists were struck by a car from behind. Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol said that the group of bicyclists consisted of three men and a woman. During the course of their ride, the cyclists changed lanes in front of a driver. All four cyclists were struck by the vehicle.
Authorities say that one of the cyclists was taken to an area hospital for treatment while the other three cyclists had to be airlifted to a hospital in Sarasota.
No identities of either the motorist or the bicyclists have been released. Reports indicate that all four of the bicyclists are listed in critical condition.
So far, no charges are pending in connection to the accident.