January 4, 2011 – Greenacres, FL – A teenager riding a bicycle on 10th Avenue was struck by a minivan traveling west early in the morning on December 14.
The Palm Beach Post reports that Greenacres police are investigating the details of the crash, which took place around 6:45 a.m. at the intersection of 10th and Fleming avenues. The intersection saw the westbound lanes closed for the investigation but they reopened shortly thereafter.
The teen, whose name has not been released, was transported by air to Delray Medical Center. Details of their condition have also been withheld.
This child bicycle accident marks the second such incident in the area since the 2010 to 2011 school year began. On September 8, a student at Pine Jog Elementary was struck and killed by a truck while heading home from school on 13th and Jog Road.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 107 fatalities occurred in Florida as a result of bicycle accidents in 2009 alone.
Pedestrian and bicycle accidents are often fatal because of the extreme difference in weight between the car and cyclist. Many vehicles fail to yield the right of way at crosswalks or practice safe driving around bicyclists. Negligent drivers can cause serious injury or death when they are not mindful of shared roadways and sidewalks or crosswalks.
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