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Bicyclist Seriously Injured

Alarming statistics of bicyclist seriously injured or even killed continue to escalate this year. August 3rd a bicyclist sustained serious injuries when they were struck by a vehicle on Beach Blvd. at 6th Street. During the same week on August 1st David Talley a 58 year old father and grandfather was struck from behind by a Ford truck while riding his bike on Jacksonville's Westside of town. David Talley died at the scene. July 21st a car collided with a bicycle in Crescent Beach sending the bicyclist to the hospital with serious injuries. The very next day a woman was left in critical condition after she was hit by a vehicle while riding her bike in the Arlington area of Jacksonville. July 12th a bicyclist was taken to UF health after being struck by a vehicle on Marsh Landing. Less than a week after this incident a serious bicycle accident on July 6th claimed the life of Christian Meier a 17 year old decorated member of the Navy Junior ROTC program at Nease High School on Palm Valley Road. How can we change this alarming trend? Drivers need to be aware that 6 p.m.-9p.m. is the time period with the greatest percentage of fatal bike crashes. Don't drive distracted or impaired and always remember to "Look Twice" and "Share the Road." Cyclist and drivers make mistakes that contribute to crashes, but when a crash happens involving a cyclist and a vehicle it is often the cyclist who is seriously injured or killed. The NHTSA has a wealth of information for cyclist. Parents and teachers you can download age appropriate activities provided by the National Highway Traffic Administration to help teach your children more about bicycle safety.
http://www.nhtsa.gov/bicycles
Parents & Teachers http://www.nhtsa.gov/Driving+.../.../Bicycle+Safety+Activity+Kit 

Tragic Bicycle Accident Jacksonville's Westside

A tragic bicycle accident on Jacksonville's Westside has claimed the life of a 58 year old man this morning. Bicycle and pedestrain accidents continue to escalate in the Jacksonville area. The victim David Talley was a 58 year-old father and grandfather. Talley was riding his bicycle on Jones Road near Commonwealth and Derby Acres Lane when he struck by a Ford F-150 from behind. This was apparently a daily routine for the victim riding his bicycle.  The Jacksonville Sherriff's Office is investigating speed of the truck which struck the bicyclist and the location of the bicycle when he was struck. 

Fatal Bicycle Accident Claims the Life of an Outstanding Teen

A bicycle accident has claimed the life of an outstanding 17 year old young man on Palm Valley Road. Christian Meier was struck by a Toyota Corolla as he crossed the road. Christian died from injuries sustained in the accident at Baptist Beaches Hospital. Christian Meier was a decorated member of the Navy Junior ROTC program at Nease High School. He had been selected to attend the NJROTC Leadership Academy. Sadly, his dreams of becoming a Navy pilot will never be realized. Christian's family, friends and classmates will no doubt miss this exceptional teenager.

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