Police: Bicyclist hit by motorist in Mandarin area

By Ashley Harding, General assignment reporter, aharding@wjxt.com
News4Jax.com Staff, webteam@wjxt.com
Published On: Aug 06 2014 07:52:36 AM EDT
Updated On: Jun 15 2014 07:49:04 PM EDT

VIDEO: A bicyclist is fighting for his life after he was hit by a pickup truck on San Jose Boulevard in the Mandarin area.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

A bicyclist is fighting for his life after he was hit by a pickup truck on San Jose Boulevard in the Mandarin area.

The incident happened at about 1 p.m. Sunday just south of Ricky Road. Police said one northbound lane of San Jose Boulevard was blocked for about two hours.

Investigators said a middle-aged man was seen exiting a parking lot when he entered the road and was struck by a truck.

First responders rushed the bicyclist to the hospital with head injuries, and police said he is in critical condition.

Currently, on the stretch of the road where the accident happened, there is no designated bike lane. But many bike riders still regularly ride there, and being hit is becoming a concern for some.

Jeff Evans has been cycling for ten years. He said he thinks about the possibility of being hit all the time.

"Absolutely treacherous if it's busy like it is today -- it's Father's Day," said Evans. "If you're down there in the right of way where there is no designated bike lane, people are just coming along at 50, 60 miles per hour. Even though it's 45 here."

Evans believes more needs to be done to prevent these types of accidents from happening on San Jose.

"They need to re-engineer the way the sidewalks are and pull in some feet for a designated bike lane," said Evans. "That should've been done when they built these roads, but unfortunately it has not."

Police said there are no charges pending in the accident. They said the bicyclist was not wearing a helmet and that this incident serves as a reminder to wear both a helmet and reflective clothing when cycling.

Comments

The views expressed below are not those of News4Jax or its affiliated companies. By clicking on "Post," you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and your comment is in compliance with such terms. Readers, please help keep this discussion respectful and on topic by flagging comments that are offensive or inappropriate (hover over the commenter's name and you'll see the flag option appear on right side of that line). And remember, respect goes both ways: Tolerance of others' opinions is important in a free discourse. If you're easily offended by strong opinions, you might skip reading comments entirely.

blog comments powered by Disqus