On New Year’s Eve, a local man riding a bicycle was seriously injured after being struck by an automobile on Park Boulevard. The accident occurred in the evening hours just after dusk, according to Pinellas Park Police.
The accident report revealed the cyclist had entered an eastbound traffic lane against the flow of traffic. The sun had already set and the man was riding the bike in traffic without lights or any other safety equipment. Florida state law requires that cyclists use, at minimum, a red light on the rear of a bicycle if riding after dark.
The cyclist was struck by an oncoming vehicle near the 6000 block of Park Boulevard just before 7pm. Police noted they believed the cyclist was under the influence of alcohol. The cyclist suffered serious, life-threatening injuries and was taken to an area hospital. The names of the bicyclist and the driver were not released by police.
In Pinellas Park and the greater Tampa Bay region, the average number of serious bicycle accidents equates to at least one accident per week each year. Other stats include: