A Pompano Beach, Florida bicyclist was critically injured after he reportedly crashed into a turning car and was run over on Wednesday, news sources report. Information regarding the 50 to 60-year-old victim’s identity was not immediately available following the incident. The victim was taken to Broward Health North for treatment. Police are currently conducting an investigation into the incident; so far, it does not appear as though charges have been filed. It is not clear whether anyone will file for damages.
According to reports, the accident occurred at around 9:00 Wednesday morning at the intersection of South Dixie Highway and Southwest Second Street in Pompano Beach. Dixie Highway is a key highway that cuts through several Broward County cities; the highway has four lanes and is centered by two yellow lines. Center turning lanes are also frequent on the highway, especially in areas with shopping plazas and intersections.
“The bicyclist was a male, approximately 50 to 60 years old,” a Broward County Sheriff’s spokesperson explained to the press. According to reports, the victim’s bicycle was equipped with a small motor, but the motor was not turned on when emergency crews responded to the scene. “The bicyclist was riding south on [South] Dixie Highway, and the car was making a turn to head west on [Southwest] Second Street,” she reportedly stated. [The bicyclist] struck a car and was seriously injured.”
Based on reports, the bicyclist was run over after he crashed into the car. It is unclear whether he was run over by the same car he ran into, or if another vehicle became involved. The driver apparently stayed at the scene and is cooperating with investigators. Following the crash, the victim was rushed to the Broward Health North hospital with substantial head trauma. An update on the victim’s condition was not immediately available at press time.
Sadly, collisions with bicyclists are quite common along Dixie Highway in Broward County. Earlier this year, a Deerfield Beach bicyclist was killed after he was struck by two cars while trying to cross North Dixie Highway, sources report. One driver, 54-year-old Cynthia Metzger, remained at the scene to help the victim, while the other unidentified driver fled the scene. The victim later died at Broward Health North. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine what factor led to the tragic crash.
Reports say the incident occurred around 6:56 a.m. on North Dixie Highway in Deerfield Beach. The area had been experiencing a bout of harsh weather, lowering driver visibility. The victim was crossing the highway near the crosswalk of Northeast 48th Street when he was struck by Metzger’s 1999 Chrysler 300 sedan. Metzger immediately stopped, exited her vehicle, and tended to the victim, sources indicate.
At the same time, another vehicle reportedly approached the scene, failed to see the victim, and ran the victim over. That driver fled and has eluded arrest; it is not known whether police have any leads. The victim was later taken to the Broward Health North hospital, where he passed away.