A bicyclist is dead after an accident in Port Charlotte on June 20. The 39-year-old man was reportedly riding his bike on the sidewalk when he was hit by an out-of-control vehicle.
The accident happened in the area of McQuire Park and Elkcam Boulevard at approximately 9:30 p.m. According to a representative of the Florida Highway Patrol, a Port Charlotte man, 23, was driving a Nissan heading northbound on Elkcam. The driver allegedly tried to pass another vehicle when his car went out of control and skidded, overturning onto the sidewalk and hitting the bicyclist. The cyclist was taken to a local area hospital and pronounced dead. There were three people in the 2007 Nissan and none were believed to be injured.
An investigation into the crash is ongoing and police are asking for the public’s assistance. They are searching for anyone who may have seen how the operator of the Nissan Maxima was driving prior to the crash along Elkcam Boulevard.
When a bicyclist is struck by an automobile, fatal injuries may result. If the driver of the vehicle was traveling at unsafe speeds or was distracted, the cyclist’s death may be the result of negligence.
An attorney has options open to them today to investigate a car accident using images or videos that may have been taken by onlookers or street cameras. Witness accounts help establish a motorist’s driving pattern leading up to the accident. An attorney may be able to build a strong case against the driver to help the family file a wrongful death suit to recover compensatory damages to pay necessary expenses.
Source: WWSB, “Car hits and kills Port Charlotte man riding bicycle on the sidewalk“, Scott Marcusky, June 24, 2014