UF Student Hit & Killed by Car on Bike Trail

Authorities say a University of Florida student was killed earlier this week when she was hit by a car while riding a bicycle on a popular trail. Full Story

“3 words changed my life ”

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#1 Apr 10, 2008
so the car was on the bike traIL? and they say charges are pending? is being a dumbass illegal?
BeachBum

Atlanta, GA

#2 Apr 10, 2008
the bike trail crosses several roads. apparently, she wasn't paying attention to these crossings.
Someone

Fernandina Beach, FL

#3 Apr 10, 2008
It says the she was trying to cross the road. That is when she was hit, not on the bike trail.

“3 words changed my life ”

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#4 Apr 10, 2008
BeachBum wrote:
the bike trail crosses several roads. apparently, she wasn't paying attention to these crossings.
gotcha..thanks for the extra info...the story left a little cunfusion going on...

“Defender of Truth”

Since: Dec 07

Laguna Hills, CA

#5 Apr 10, 2008
It also forgets to mention that the driver was drunk. I know, my wife was on duty when this happend.
gageanimal

Goose Creek, SC

#6 Apr 10, 2008
Motorist hit on the corner of Krackie and Spring St by cyclist: Charges pending...have to take her to small claims court to recover damges to my Jeep.
This happened to me 4/9/08 and that is the only recourse I have; light assembly is $432.
This student was riding on sidewalk, going wrong way on a one way street with faulty brakes yet I have the burden of recovery for damages.
The woman is fine, my main concern, and so is her bike other than brakes that don't work.
The White One

United States

#7 Apr 10, 2008
gageanimal wrote:
Motorist hit on the corner of Krackie and Spring St by cyclist: Charges pending...have to take her to small claims court to recover damges to my Jeep.
This happened to me 4/9/08 and that is the only recourse I have; light assembly is $432.
This student was riding on sidewalk, going wrong way on a one way street with faulty brakes yet I have the burden of recovery for damages.
The woman is fine, my main concern, and so is her bike other than brakes that don't work.
Jerk didn't you read she is dead! How can you say she is fine and her bike is fine. Obviously you can't read. And she was on a bike trail and on a trail there is not wrong or right way of travel. Think before you post idiot!!

“Proud wife of a 12 yr Navy Vet”

Since: May 07

Jacksonville, FL

#9 Apr 10, 2008
The White One wrote:
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Jerk didn't you read she is dead! How can you say she is fine and her bike is fine. Obviously you can't read. And she was on a bike trail and on a trail there is not wrong or right way of travel. Think before you post idiot!!
I believe the poster was referring to an incident HE/SHE was involved in, not the accident in the article.

“Defender of Truth”

Since: Dec 07

Laguna Hills, CA

#10 Apr 10, 2008
The White One wrote:
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Jerk didn't you read she is dead! How can you say she is fine and her bike is fine. Obviously you can't read. And she was on a bike trail and on a trail there is not wrong or right way of travel. Think before you post idiot!!
Ummm, I think the guy was talking about something completely different. For some reason, he thought this was an appropriate place to tell everybody his life problems.
Inconspicuous

AOL

#11 Apr 10, 2008
Reading comprehension classes are available at your local CC or High School. Check it out.
uf student

Jacksonville, FL

#12 Apr 10, 2008
This is a very sad story to hear. I hope this will wake up some of the students there. None of the students seem to pay any attention to the traffic signals and assume they always have the right of way when they don't.

“3 words changed my life ”

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#13 Apr 10, 2008
Tommy Salami wrote:
I believe in reincarnation and I hope to be reincarnated into a bicycle seat that some hot young female coed from University of Florida rides on a daily basis.
with your luck you would be used by some 400 pound woman with anal-herpes...hahaha
gageanimal

Goose Creek, SC

#14 Apr 10, 2008
Moose in Jax wrote:
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Ummm, I think the guy was talking about something completely different. For some reason, he thought this was an appropriate place to tell everybody his life problems.
"Lifes problesm" you bet if your comment is taken at face value. My post was to bring attention to the disparity in laws of the road so to speak. Believe me my heart goes out to the student and my main concern in the event I was party to was the students well being...I'm a mountain biker by the way.
Martin P

Jacksonville, FL

#15 Apr 10, 2008
It is sad, but pedestrians and bicyclists have to wake up and look around them. I am on the road all day for my job and I can't tell you how many times a day I see a pedestrian with his head down, or turned completely the other way, walk right off the curb and out into the street (or a parking lot) without ever pausing, looking up, looking both ways, or anything. Same with bicyclists. Read your Florida Driver's Handbook. Bicyclists MUST obey all the same laws of the road that a car does. That includes, traveling with the flow of traffic, stopping at stop signs, yielding, etc...
Clearly I am not saying the young lady deserved to get hit so don't waste your time with all your indignant replies. All I am saying is that too many people say, "Well I have the right of way", and step blindly out into the street. You can not step/cycle out in front of a car travelling 45 mph and expect it to stop with only 10 feet between the two of you. Having the right of way does not override all other traffic laws and common sense (or change the laws of physics). I hope this sad story wakes some people up. There is enough room out there for all of us, if we all do our part.
THUNDER

Jacksonville, FL

#16 Apr 10, 2008
Martin P wrote:
It is sad, but pedestrians and bicyclists have to wake up and look around them. I am on the road all day for my job and I can't tell you how many times a day I see a pedestrian with his head down, or turned completely the other way, walk right off the curb and out into the street (or a parking lot) without ever pausing, looking up, looking both ways, or anything. Same with bicyclists. Read your Florida Driver's Handbook. Bicyclists MUST obey all the same laws of the road that a car does. That includes, traveling with the flow of traffic, stopping at stop signs, yielding, etc...
Clearly I am not saying the young lady deserved to get hit so don't waste your time with all your indignant replies. All I am saying is that too many people say, "Well I have the right of way", and step blindly out into the street. You can not step/cycle out in front of a car travelling 45 mph and expect it to stop with only 10 feet between the two of you. Having the right of way does not override all other traffic laws and common sense (or change the laws of physics). I hope this sad story wakes some people up. There is enough room out there for all of us, if we all do our part.
WELL SAID!
Michelle M

United States

#17 Apr 13, 2008
I happen to know this young woman who was killed and I am very sad at hearing this news. She used to take dance classes with my daughter when they were younger. My daughter is now also a student at UF and she relies on her bike to get her around campus. It scares the heck out of me that this could happen to her also.

I had not heard anything about the driver being drunk. Is this true?? It makes me sick everytime I hear about another person being injured or killed by a drunk driver. What will it take for these people to understand the consequences of their actions?? What more can we all do to help end this problem??!!

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