An Oakland Park, Florida bicyclist was killed Wednesday when he was hit by an unidentified vehicle, news sources indicate. The Florida Highway Patrol has not released the identity of the man killed in the accident. Authorities are still searching for the hit-and-run driver who fled the scene. No one else was injured in the crash and police believe more witnesses may come forward, providing additional details.
Reports say the accident occurred around 3:45 Wednesday evening as the victim was traveling west along the 1500 block of West Oakland Park Boulevard on his bicycle. As he neared the intersecting CSX railroad tracks, the driver of an unidentified vehicle collided with him. The collision threw the victim from the bike, which came to a rest along the side of the road. Reports say the driver did not stop and left the scene. It is not clear whether the driver is suspected to have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash, nor is it known whether the driver realized he or she had hit a person.
A number of bystander stopped to help the man, including a nurse, reports say. However, the victim’s injuries were fatal and paramedics pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Reports did not specify whether he died on impact or shortly after the crash. Police are withholding his identity until after they have informed the victim’s next of kin of the demise.
Detectives shut down portions of the road as they carried out their investigation. Reports indicate that the investigators gathered some evidence, though it is unclear what that evidence may be. Oakland Park Boulevard was busy with drivers during the accident, which occurred right in the middle of the afternoon, and it is likely that someone with more information will come forward and shed some light on what happened.
The Oakland Park man was not the only Florida resident killed while riding their bicycle recently. Aurelio Hilario Ramon was killed Sunday when he attempted to cross a portion of Sixth Avenue on his bicycle, reports indicate. Ramon, 39, was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck. The driver who struck him, Sharonda Fuller of Lake Worth, Florida, cooperated with authorities following the crash. Filler, 23, was not charged with a crime. It is unclear whether she was injured in the accident.
Reports say the crash occurred around 3:00 Sunday evening as Ramon rode his bicycle on a walkway along Sixth Avenue South. As he approached East Street, reports say he attempted to cross the stretch of road. When he cut into the road, he was struck by Fuller’s 1994 Chevy van. Ramon reportedly bounced off the van’s front and landed in the road.
Paramedics arrived to the scene and pronounced Ramon dead of his injuries. Initially, reports indicated that the accident was a hit-and-run; however, Fuller did not reportedly leave the scene following the accident and has not been charged with any crime. The confusion may have resulted from the large group of onlookers that flocked to the scene. Reports say nearly 100 onlookers crowded the scene of the crash as paramedics removed the body and officers cleared up debris. It is unclear whether an investigation is ongoing or if Fuller may be charged with a crime.