Winter Park bicyclist dies after collision with SUV

A Winter Park man died Saturday evening while bicycling along Dodd Road in Seminole County. Full Story
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Too bad

Davenport, FL

#1 Sep 14, 2008
Too bad. Maybe he should have been biking on a trail and not on the road. I don't understand why these bicyclists need to be on the road when there are hundreds of miles of bike trails in Central Florida.
As far as I'm concerned, most of these guys are pompous aholes that are in the way of traffic anyway.
Jill

Spring Hill, TN

#3 Sep 14, 2008
Someone had mentioned that the driver of the SUV may have been texting on her cell. Police are gathering records at the moment.

Very sad if this is true.
Kathryn and Mike

Altamonte Springs, FL

#4 Sep 14, 2008
We are Anthony's neighbor and the bike trail is about a mile from our house. He was a nice man and probably headed out to the trail when this happened. How kind of you to judge a man you do not know.
just curious

AOL

#5 Sep 14, 2008
Nate Higgers Too wrote:
She was, of course 'texting' before she hit the guy, the little bee-aahch
Just wondering, where did you learn this
William Beem

United States

#6 Sep 14, 2008
Too bad wrote:
Too bad. Maybe he should have been biking on a trail and not on the road. I don't understand why these bicyclists need to be on the road when there are hundreds of miles of bike trails in Central Florida.
As far as I'm concerned, most of these guys are pompous aholes that are in the way of traffic anyway.
First, bikes are vehicles that have every right to ride on the side of the road. Second, maybe the guy was headed to a trail. I face the same problem - it's about a two mile ride from my house alongside a busy road before I can get to a trail.

Finally, open your eyes and realize that car drivers are not the only ones on the road. Bicyclists, motorcycles, joggers - they're all people. Don't dismiss their lives so casually simply because you couldn't be bothered to look where you're going.
Patriot

United States

#7 Sep 14, 2008
William Beem wrote:
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First, bikes are vehicles that have every right to ride on the side of the road. Second, maybe the guy was headed to a trail. I face the same problem - it's about a two mile ride from my house alongside a busy road before I can get to a trail.
Finally, open your eyes and realize that car drivers are not the only ones on the road. Bicyclists, motorcycles, joggers - they're all people. Don't dismiss their lives so casually simply because you couldn't be bothered to look where you're going.
Well said, William Beem.

My sincere condolences to this family.

Since: Aug 08

Now a Ghetto

#9 Sep 14, 2008
Too bad wrote:
Too bad. Maybe he should have been biking on a trail and not on the road. I don't understand why these bicyclists need to be on the road when there are hundreds of miles of bike trails in Central Florida.
As far as I'm concerned, most of these guys are pompous aholes that are in the way of traffic anyway.
Speaking of pompous aholes ....
jay from north carolina

Lexington, NC

#10 Sep 14, 2008
William Beem wrote:
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First, bikes are vehicles that have every right to ride on the side of the road. Second, maybe the guy was headed to a trail. I face the same problem - it's about a two mile ride from my house alongside a busy road before I can get to a trail.
Finally, open your eyes and realize that car drivers are not the only ones on the road. Bicyclists, motorcycles, joggers - they're all people. Don't dismiss their lives so casually simply because you couldn't be bothered to look where you're going.
bikes are not vehicles they have no engine and if it has an engine of at least 125 ccs.then of course its a motorcycle.if not bikes have no buisiness on a main road.
Guidenet

Orlando, FL

#11 Sep 14, 2008
Look, according to the story, the bicylist was on the wrong side of the road. It seems he was riding against traffic instead of with traffic. It says one was southbound while the other was northbound.

Though this is quite tragic and my prayers go out to the family, bicyclists need to remember that they need to stay on the right side of the road so they can see signs, traffic lights and observe the laws of the road, just like cars.

There's nothing more scary and dangerous than a bike rider coming straight at you in your lane. If this was the case, I don't care what the SUV driver was doing, she should not be charged. The bike rider was culpable in his own death, unfortunately. If you break the law by being on the wrong side of the road, then you're at fault.
jay from north carolina

Lexington, NC

#12 Sep 14, 2008
Roads in florida are only about 16 to twenty feet wide so if your bike is not capable of accelerating to the posted speed limit like an average car AND maintaining it then you got no buisiness on a main road now I see no problems riding around in a subdivision thats fine but anywhere else your impeeding the flow of traffic.ever seen that small sighn getting on to I-4 that reads you must have at least a 125 cc engine to operate on this road? its for your safety and ours.

Since: Aug 08

Now a Ghetto

#14 Sep 14, 2008
Guidenet wrote:
There's nothing more scary and dangerous than a bike rider coming straight at you in your lane. If this was the case,
Does the word Kenworth mean anything to you ??
Guidenet

Orlando, FL

#15 Sep 14, 2008
BILLY MAYS wrote:
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Does the word Kenworth mean anything to you ??
I'm not sure how this has to do with the story, but if a Kenworth were coming at me, I would guess he's be a professional driver and be on the correct side of the road. I would agree that if he were coming at me on my side of the road, it would be scary. Fortunately, I've never had a Kenworth doing that while many bike riders don't seem to understand what side of the road they should be on.

Dodd Rd is a 4 lane with an extra center lane. There seems to be a bike or pedstrian lane on either side with grass separating it from the road. That SUV would have had to travel across at least three lanes or more to hit the bike rider head on.

The report doesn't say, but I would guess that the bike rider was in the wrong lane. Maybe not, but we'll see. He probably should have been in the bike lane on the far side if he were heading south. I think the Highway Patrol would have charged her out of hand had she crossed all those lanes to hit the bicyclist.
bts

Orlando, FL

#16 Sep 14, 2008
"BRAVO! BRAVO! BRAVO! Total frigging idiots these people are.
Over 200 miles of beautiful, stress free trails in Central Florida and these death wishers want to try and win against a 5000lbs truck ... He was asking for it. "
You do realize that for many people a bicycle serves as a means of transportation as opposed to, or in addition to, a sporting pastime, right?
I commute by bicycle to work most days, and in the process have a much more enjoyable ride and save a good bit of money to boot. There are also a number of people in unfortunate situations who don't have any good alternative -- especially given the shambles that is public transport around here.
I hope no one is so callous if someone you love dies in a tragic manner.
Next

Sanford, FL

#17 Sep 14, 2008
According to other reports, the bicyclist was in the wrong lane.

As much as I despise SUVs and the losers who drive them, it looks like the cyclist was in the wrong. Of course arrogany cyclists will never admit to this.
Pat McCormick

Corinth, NY

#19 Sep 14, 2008
Bikes are vehicles in every state in the united states....U should have read that little MV book they gave U when U applied for license ....the sign U refer to applies to INTERSTATE Highways not other public highways......Boy if they ever had a written test U people would all be walking ...... where U belong.
Pat McCormick

Corinth, NY

#20 Sep 14, 2008
King Whitey...do I hear banjo music in the background ?
WS Resident

Orlando, FL

#21 Sep 14, 2008
The span of Dodd Road between Red Bug Lake Road and Hull Road has a generous shoulder on the road and sidewalks on both sides. As a recreational cyclist, I prefer to cycle on the sidewalks when not cycling on a trail. It is too unsafe in the Orlando Metro area to cycle on the road, even if a bike lane is available. I have had numerous near misses with death as a cyclist when crossing a road on a crosswalk when I have the pedestrian crosswalk light, a right of way, and the cars have a red light. Cars, bicyclists, and pedestrians need to do a better job of being aware of their surroundings. I hope and pray for all the friends and families dealing with his loss.
whatever

West Monroe, LA

#22 Sep 14, 2008
I was recently stopped at a red light on south street downtown when a bicyclist, breaking every law, rode between my car an another. He hit my mirror. I caught up to him after he illegally ran a red light and he yelled at me to move over. I was STOPPED. These bicyclists get what they deserve. I don't care if she was texting. Ride on a trail or accept the consequences. WAHHHH!
Rober Truth

United States

#23 Sep 14, 2008
All bicyclists should be "REQUIRED" to have liability insurance,a licensed vehicle, and a "BICYCLISTS LICENSE" You know just like a drivers license.

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Anon

Winter Park, FL

#24 Sep 14, 2008
Almost all of you are so wrong and have no clue exactly what is going on. First off the media does not know everything , you be amazed in how much info we are allowed to disclose to them, they just have basic snips of info that we offer to them through our PIO(public info officer), and "we" meaning law enforcement. I was the first to speak w/ Megan after the incident occured, but since its not my place to speak fully about the investigation, I will tell you this much, she wasn't texting or talking on the phone but the bicyclist was riding towards the wrong direction on the road. Yes tragic but it was an accident. My blessings go out to the family of the bicyclist and also Megan, she was in total shock and out of her mind after the accident, I tried my best in calming her down so I can retrieve the info from her as best as I could, victims advocate came along to consult and calm her which did. So for all of you who keep saying "she must of been texting, blah blah blah"...unfortunetly she wasn't. Yes, I know some might ask but how did she not see him, well things happen and when unexecpected things happen so quickly , sometimes we aren't quick enough to react.

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