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West Palm Beach, Florida Accident Sends One Bicyclist to the Hospital

A West Palm Beach, Florida accident sent a bicyclist to the hospital Tuesday afternoon, news sources report. A vehicle pulling out of a restaurant parking lot reportedly struck the bicyclist. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries following the crash; information regarding the victim’s or the driver’s identity was not immediately available. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the exact detail of the accident. It remains to be seen whether the victim will file for damages.

According to reports, the accident occurred on Belvedere Road near the intersection of Lake Avenue. Belvedere Road is a four-lane street separated by yellow lines with side parking available on both sides of the street. There are also a number of businesses located on the street, including a BP gas station and a Taco Bell. It is unclear how road conditions that day may have affected the driver’s ability to spot the bicyclist.

Reports say the accident occurred around 12:00 Tuesday afternoon on Belvedere Road. Police officials say the bicyclist was heading west, and a vehicle pulling out of the Taco Bell struck the bicyclist. A witness on the scene described the accident to reporters. “[The bicyclist] came flying down and he landed pretty good on the pavement,” the witness said. “He was bleeding from his head, he had knee replacement recently and he landed on his knee, so he was pretty hurt.”

Paramedics arrived on the scene and rushed the bicyclist to St. Mary’s Medical Center. While reports were unable to provide the exact extent of the victim’s injuries, doctors say he will survive. Police are now investigating the accident. It is unclear whether they plan to file charges against the driver, or whether the bicyclist will file for damages.

Unfortunately, bicycle accidents are a common occurrence in Palm Beach County. Records show that 364 bicyclists were injured in traffic accidents in Palm Beach County in 2010; four of them died. Miami-Dade County held the record for the most injured bicyclists in 2010, with a reported 626 injuries.

In other accident-related news, four people were injured in Miami when a car crashed into a street light pole, reports say. The driver sustained critical injuries in the crash and was rushed to a nearby hospital. Three other victims also sustained injury and were taken to the hospital as well. Information regarding the victims’ identity was not available following the crash. Police are currently conducting an investigating to determine the cause of the accident.

According to reports, the incident occurred at the intersection of 79th Street and Northwest Seventh Avenue. A vehicle apparently crashed into a red light pole at the intersection, though it is not yet clear why. Fire rescue teams arrived on the scene and found the badly damage car wrapped almost completely around the pole. Paramedics rushed the driver and three other victims to the Jackson Memorial Hospital. The driver sustained critical injuries. The extent of the three other victims’ injuries was not immediately known following the crash.

Sources: 3.5.13 West Palm Beach Bicyclist Collision.pdf, 3.5.13 Miami Collision.pdf

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