Robert John Jones and Claire Otero were involved in a Coral Springs, Florida bicycle/motor vehicle accident Thursday, news sources report. Jones, 64, reportedly crashed into Otero’s car; he was pronounced dead at an area hospital. Otero, 61, was not injured. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine exactly what led to the crash. There has been no indication of charges thus far. It is not yet known whether anyone will file for damages.
According to reports, the accident occurred around 7:35 Thursday morning in the 200 block of Coral Ridge Drive, a four-lane street whose opposing lanes are separated by grassy median. Jones was bicycling along the street and Otero’s 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse was traveling northbound, sources say. For reasons unknown, Jones reportedly crashed into the passenger side of Otero’s car. Additional details regarding the accident were not available at press time. It is unclear whether Jones was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
Jones was air-rushed to Broward Health North where, tragically, he was pronounced dead. Otero remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators following the crash, reports say. Detectives are attempting to determine what factors led to the accident and are asking that anyone with more information to contact the Coral Spring Police Department.
Bicycling has long been thought of as an affordable means of transportation with numerous health benefits; however, since bicyclists have to share the road with bigger vehicles, bicycling does not come without its dangers. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 549 bicyclists injured and five killed in traffic accidents in Broward County in 2010. Broward had the most occurrences of bicycling-related injuries of all Florida counties that year. While those statistics might make bicycling seem intimidating, following the rules of the road can make the sport safer for both cyclists and motor vehicle drivers alike.
In other traffic accident news, Youssef Souliki of Hollywood was killed in a motorcycle accident on Saturday, reports say. Souliki, 48, died at an area hospital following the crash. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine what factors led to the accident. So far, there has been no indication of alcohol having played a role in the crash.
According to reports, the accident occurred at around 5 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 95. Souliki might have been returning home after having had lunch with friends at the time, sources indicate. Souliki was reportedly southbound on I-95 near Copans Road when he lost control of his 2009 Harley Davidson; the motorcycle veered off the Interstate and crashed. Reports say Souliki was not wearing a helmet at the time.
Souliki was taken to Broward Health North, where, several hours later, he was pronounced dead. Detectives are currently going over the details of the accident and have not said whether speed or alcohol may have been a factor.
Motorcycle accidents are a common cause of injury on South Florida’s sunny streets. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles records show there were 525 motorcycle-related injuries in Broward County in 2010, along with 21 fatalities. In the event of a motorcycle crash, a helmet may mean the difference between life and death.