Florida bicyclist thrown into bay and killed because of accident
Last weekend, a 46-year-old woman and her husband took their weekly bicycle ride on the Sanibel Causeway outside Ft. Myers, Florida, but the seemingly predictive bicycle ride quickly turned tragic and deadly when an approaching truck crossed road lanes and hit the woman bicyclist. The enthusiastic bicyclist and her husband celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary only weeks before.
Last Saturday morning the 46-year-old Floridian and her husband were bicycling their usual route on the Sanibel Causeway. The wife and husband pair was riding along the shoulder of the road towards Sanibel Island before the fatal bicycle accident occurred. A full-sized truck approached the married couple coming from the opposite direction and seemingly out of nowhere crossed the center line of the road and entered the bicyclists’ lane.
The woman’s husband was riding in front and the truck just missed him, but the truck struck the woman, who was next in line. The impact of the collision sent the 46-year-old woman over the guardrails of the causeway and into San Carlos Bay. A nearby boat recovered the woman and brought her to shore where CPR was performed. CPR was performed until paramedics arrived, but the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. It is not clear whether the woman was directly killed by the impact of the accident or by water.
Bicyclists are allowed to bike on all of the bridges in the area except Caloosahatchee Bridge. The 46-year-old woman was no stranger to biking. The Florida woman completed bike tours in Europe as well as her local trips. The Florida Highway Patrol is still investigating the fatal bicycle accident.