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Motorcyclist Collides with Elderly Man on Small Motorized Bike

June 1, 2012
Colson Hicks Eidson

In September 2011 an officer on a motorcycle collided with a 61-year-old man on a small-motorized bicycle in Brevard County. The motorcycle collision sent both men flying into the air, and they both landed on opposite sides of the highway, according to a report at cfnews13.com. The 61-year-old died as a result.

At around 7:30 in the morning, the man was riding his small-engine bicycle in the bike lane on Malabar Road. He turned to cross the road, but turned right in front of the oncoming Brevard County deputy on his motorcycle, according to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP). The 39-year-old deputy suffered minor injuries in the fatal crash.

Rescue workers said the elderly victim was alert on the way to the hospital, but succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. The FHP is still investigating the fatal accident. Their preliminary report said it appeared there was nothing the deputy could have done to avoid hitting the man.

Unfortunately, the victim was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. It is difficult to say if a safety helmet would have saved his life, but a safety helmet increases your chances of survival in a motorcycle accident.