Bicyclist Fatally Injured in Hit-and-Run by Driver
According to WFTV, a bicyclist is dead after being hit by a car in a hit-and-run accident in Rockledge, Florida, early Monday morning.
About the Fatal Bicycle Crash
The deadly bicycle accident occurred on Barnes Boulevard between Murrell Road and U.S. Highway 1 at around 3 a.m. local time. Christopher Holton was riding his bicycle on Barnes when he was struck from behind by a vehicle.
WFTV reports that Holton died at the scene of the accident. The driver of the vehicle, Dylan Pasik, fled the scene after fatally striking the bicyclist. Police were able to locate Pasik in a nearby neighborhood.
A witness to the accident told WFTV that the driver was driving recklessly prior to hitting Holton. Investigators say charges are pending against Pasik, and the investigation into the crash is ongoing.
Bicycle Accident Statistics
The following information regarding bicycle, or pedalcycle, crashes is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- 743 pedalcyclists died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2013.
- An estimated 48,000 pedalcyclists were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2013.
- Sixty-eight percent of all pedalcyclists who died in motor vehicle crashes in 2013 died in urban area crashes.
- Most pedalcyclist fatalities occurred at non-intersections (57%) in 2013.