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Florida Cyclist Injured in Trucking Accident

Jonathan Hernandez11 months ago

A Florida man was critically injured Thursday morning when he was struck by a tractor-trailer.

About the Semi-Truck Accident in Ocala

According to the Ocala Star Banner, 72-year-old Gardner Spencer is in critical condition at Ocala Regional Medical Center.

Florida Highway Patrol reports that Spencer was injured by a semi-truck as he rode his bicycle down U.S. 27 just west of Ocala on Thursday morning. According to a press release by the Florida Highway Patrol, Spencer was headed east on the paved shoulder of the highway nearing Northwest 55th Avenue around 10:40 a.m.

30-year-old Jason Taverez of Orlando, Florida was traveling the same direction in his 2007 International semi-truck when the side of his semi-truck struck the bicycle.

Gardner Spencer was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, and an ongoing investigation and possible charges are pending.

Bicycle Accident Statistics

According to the United States Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • In 2012 alone, 726 cyclists were killed on roads in the United States.
  • Another 49,000 cyclists were injured on roads in the United States.
  • From 2011 to 2012, there was a 6 percent increase in the amount of cyclist deaths in the United States.

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