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Plantation, Florida Collision Sends One Bicyclist to the Hospital

A Plantation, Florida collision sent a bicyclist to the hospital Saturday, news sources report. The bicyclist sustained minor injuries and was taken to the Broward Health Hospital for treatment. Information regarding the identities of those involved in the accident was not immediately available. Police are currently conducting an investigation to find out what led to the accident. It is unclear whether charges will be filed. It is also unclear whether either party will file for damages.

According to reports, the accident occurred in the 12300 block of West Sunrise Boulevard. West Sunrise Boulevard is an eight-lane street separated by a grassy median. The accident occurred around 7:00 Saturday evening. While the exact details are unclear, a vehicle and a bicycle collided with each other, leaving the bicyclist trapped under the car.

Plantation paramedics arrived on the scene and used inflatable airbags to lift the car and free the trapped bicyclist. Paramedics transported the bicyclist to the Broward Health Hospital; his or her condition was non-life threatening following the crash. Detectives are currently investigation the incident. It is still unclear whether they will file charges.

According to county records, there were more than 3,000 bicycle-related accidents in Broward, Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Martin Counties between 2001 and 2005; 78 bicyclists died in those crashes. One example of this was bicyclist Jim Dorsey of Wilton Manors, who was killed on West Sunrise Boulevard as he attempted to cross the street in January 2011. The accident occurred around 5:45 in the morning as 61-year-old Dorsey was crossing West Sunrise Boulevard on his bike. Kissom Ram, 59, collided with Dorsey on the eastbound lanes. Paramedics arrived on the scene and pronounced Dorsey dead. A friend was able to identify Dorsey’s body. It is unclear whether detectives charged the driver in the crash.

In other accident-related news, a motorcyclist was killed in a collision with an SUV in Hialeah on Friday, reports say. It is unclear whether the driver of the SUV was injured. Information regarding the identities of the drivers was not available following the crash. Authorities are currently conducting an investigation to find out what led to the collision.

According to reports, the collision occurred near the intersection of Southeast 4th Street and Southeast 4th Avenue. Detectives say the motorcyclist collided with the SUV’s back end. His body reportedly went through the rear window of the vehicle and landed in the back seat.

Paramedics arrived and pronounced the motorcyclist dead at the scene. Police are currently investigating the accident; it is unclear whether either driver was at fault. It is unclear whether the SUV came to a sudden stop prior to the collision or if the biker failed to notice the SUV slowing down.

Between 2001 and 2008, there were 34,000 motorcycle-related fatalities in the United States. There were also 1,222,000 reported motorcycle-related injuries between those years. Records show the majority of motorcycle-related injuries are to the legs and feet or the head and neck. Records show there were 30 motorcyclist fatalities in Miami-Dade County in 2010.

Sources: 2.9.13 Plantation Collision.pdf, 2.9.13 Historical Broward Bicyclists.pdf.

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