A 61-year-old man died in Malabar, Florida, on Tuesday morning when his bicycle collided with a motorcycle operated by a sheriff’s deputy.
The fatal accident occurred around 7:20 a.m. when the bicyclist, who was traveling east on the shoulder of Malabar Road on his blue Schwinn, reportedly turned left into the path of the officer’s eastbound Honda. A witness told FloridaToday.com that the bicyclist may have been attempting to change directions.
The motorcycle hit the bicycle squarely on the left side, throwing the bicyclist onto the leftbound shoulder. The deputy, who had been traveling under the 55 mph speed limit, was thrown into a grassy ditch.
Following the crash, officials thought the bicyclist suffered only a minor leg injury, but he died an hour later after suffering a heart attack. He had not been wearing a helmet at the time. The man was transported to the hospital by helicopter.
The 39-year-old officer, who has been serving the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office for 14 years, walked away from the wreck with a minor arm fracture and scrapes, for which he was treated at Holmes Regional Medical Center.
“As law enforcement officers . . . our offices are our car, our motorcycle,” said Sergeant Kim Montes. “In the emergency field, when we’re involved in one of these crashes, it’s upsetting to us. This is just a tragedy here.”
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