On Saturday, December 14th, a resident of Lake County died from severe
trauma after he crossed in front of a Tavares Fire Department truck while
riding his bicycle. The fatalbicycle accident took place on State Road 19, northwest of Orlando, according to officials.
Earl Dudley, 66, of Tavares was killed in a crash that occurred at roughly
6:49 a.m., Florida Highway Patrol reported. Troopers identified the driver
of the Ford F-250 fire rescue truck as Alan Gagne, 42, of Leesburg.
Gagne was headed southbound on S.R. 19 in the outside lane approaching
Dead River Road, FHP said.
City of Tavares spokeswoman Joyce Ross said Gagne, a battalion chief at
Tavares Fire Rescue, had a green light as he proceeded through the intersection
when Dudley crossed in front of the truck and the left front of the Ford
F-250 struck the right side of his bike.
The driver stopped the Ford F-250 in the southbound lane and the bicycle
came to a rest just atop the concrete median. Dudley was rushed to Orlando
Regional Medical Center, but was later pronounced dead.
FHP investigated the accident at the request of city officials. FHP Sgt.
Kim Montes stated that their investigation revealed Gagne was not at fault
and was unable to stop the truck in time to avoid the crash. The driver
will not face charges.