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Robert Roger, Farah Brown in Hollywood, Florida Crash; Roger Dies

Robert Rogers and Farah Brown were in a Hollywood, Florida collision on Monday, news sources report. Rogers, 67, was on his bicycle when he was struck by Brown’s SUV; he died at the scene of the accident. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine what happened. So far, it appears Brown was not at fault in the crash and no charges have been filed.

According to reports, the accident occurred around the intersection of Rodman Street and South 24th Terrace in Hollywood, not far from Rogers’ home. Both streets are small, two-lane suburban roads; traffic on both sides of Rodman Street must stop for a stop sign before entering the intersection. Stop sign laws, along with other rules of the road, apply to both drivers and bicyclists.

Reports say Brown was northbound on South 24th Terrace in her 2008 Suzuki XL7 SUV at around 7:21 p.m. She struck Rogers, who was on his bicycle, at the intersection. Reports did not say which road Rogers was on at the time of the accident. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, sources report. “[Brown] stayed on the scene and from witness reports, it appears to be an unfortunate accident,” a Hollywood police spokesperson reportedly said. “The driver was not at fault, based on the initial investigation.” It is not clear whether Brown was injured or how much damage was done to her vehicle.

A vast majority of all traffic accidents occur at intersections, where meeting traffic and turning motorists leave plenty of room for errors to occur. Records from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration claim that 44% of all traffic injuries occurred at intersections in 2007; 8,703 people were killed in accidents at intersections that year. While the most of those fatalities were vehicle occupants, 17% were motorcyclists, 13% were pedestrians, and 3% were bicyclists.

Rogers was not the only South Florida bicyclist involved in a traffic accident this past week. A Miami Beach bicyclist was injured in a hit-and-run collision on Sunday, sources reports. Information regarding the victim’s identity was not immediately released to the public; he received treatment at the Jackson Memorial Hospital following the crash. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine what factors led to the accident. The driver has yet to be apprehended and charges are likely pending.

According to reports, the crash happened around 7:30 Sunday evening on the MacArthur Causeway. The victim was bicycling in the westbound lanes of the causeway when a Scion TC approached and struck him, sources say. The driver fled the scene following the collision. Since then, the Miami Beach Police Department has announced an all-points bulletin in an effort to locate the driver. The Scion TC has the tag number 820LRT, damage to its front end, and is missing the right side-view mirror, reports say.

The victim was taken to the Jackson Memorial Hospital following the crash. So far, there does not appear to have been an update on his condition. It is unclear whether the injuries were critical or minor.

Sources: 7.30.13 Brown and Roger Collisoin.pdf, Intersection Safety Issue Briefs – Brown and Rogers Collisoin.pdf.

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