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Lacey Daniels of Tamarac, Florida Involved in Fatal Collision with Bicyclist

Lacey Daniels of Tamarac, Florida was involved in a fatal collision with a bicyclist on Tuesday, news sources report. Daniels, 41, was not injured in the crash. The bicyclist was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead; his name has not yet been released, as authorities are still searching for his next of kin. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident. So far, there have been no charges or citations. It is unclear whether the victim’s family will file for damages.

According to reports, the accident occurred around 7:30 Tuesday evening within the 6300 block of North University Drive in Tamarac. North University Drive is a six-lane street whose opposing lanes are separated by a grassy median. University Drive, which makes up a portion State Road 817 in Broward County, was home to 390 crashes and 181 injuries in 2011, making it one of the county’s most dangerous areas as far as car accidents are concerned.

These most recent crash occurred at the corner of North University Drive and Landing Street. Sources say the victim was at Landing Street on his bicycle, waiting to cross the North University Drive. Daniels was northbound on North University Drive in his Ford Ranger when he struck the victim, sources allege. It is unclear whether the victim had attempted to cross the street when the crash occurred.

The victim was rushed to the Broward Health Medical Center; sadly, he was pronounced dead of his injuries shortly afterwards. Daniels appears to be cooperating with investigators. It is currently unclear whether any outside factors played a role in the deadly accident.

Florida’s warm climate makes it an ideal area for regular bicycling. While the sport is both healthy and fun, it does not come without its risks. 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. Bicyclists are encouraged to wear helmets and observe traffic rules in order to lessen the threat of collisions.

While injuries caused by automobile accidents are a common day-to-day occurrence, many injuries occur right at home. Six-year-old Janiya Ware of Fort Pierce nearly drowned in a backyard pool on Monday, sources report. Ware was taken to a local hospital, where she is recovering. Police are still investigating the incident.

Reports say the accident occurred around 6:15 Monday evening. Ware was at a home with her uncle’s girlfriend, Mikedescha Stewart, when she reportedly managed to wander off. Stewart soon discovered that the girl was nowhere to be found, and a search ensued. Another child later found Ware at the bottom of a 5-foot deep pool near the residence, sources say.

Stewart was able to rescue Ware from the bottom of the pool; Ronald Smith, Stewart’s grandfather, then administered CPR. The victim was soon rushed to the Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute before being flown to St. Mary’s Medical Center. It is not yet known how long the victim was at the bottom of the pool.

Sources: 7.9.13 Daniels Collision.pdf, SR 817 Crash Statistics 2011 – Daniels Collision.pdf, FLHSMV – Bicycle Accident Statistics – Daniels Collision.pdf, 7.9.13 Ware Near-Drowning.pdf.

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