Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly bicycle accident that took place in Manatee County late on the night of April 6.
That Monday evening, around 10:00 o’clock, state troopers claim that Christopher Brown was travelling eastbound, driving his Jeep on State Road 684. As Brown approached a green light at the intersection of 43rd Street West, bicyclist, David Conlon, was trying to cross State Road 684 from the south shoulder in the crosswalk on the east side of the intersection.
Tragically, state troopers say that Conlon entered into the path of the Jeep, where Brown was unable to avoid striking the cyclist. Conlon was pronounced dead at the scene.
Road cyclists have grown in number over recent years and cities and towns throughout the state of Florida have made efforts to accommodate the increase in this recreational activity through awareness campaigns, establishing dedicated bicycle lanes on busier roads, etc. With the swell in riders comes with it the increase in accidents involving cyclists and motorists. Road cyclist are at the same, if not greater danger than motorcyclists, because the lack the same motor power, or braking capabilities as motorcycles to attempt to avoid collisions.