An elementary student was hit and killed while riding his bike to school in Sarasota Monday morning.
The Florida Highway Patrol said the 9-year-old boy was hit at the intersection of Webber Street and Nodosa Drive just before 8 a.m.
Deputies said the boy was riding his bike to Brentwood Elementary School.
As he was following his older sister across the intersection, the driver of a silver Chevy Silverado did not see him and hit him with his truck.
They 9-year-old was transported to Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, where he later died.
Deputies said the driver of the Silverado did stop and is cooperating.
It is quite common for people of all ages to ride their bikes on Florida roadways for fun, exercise or to get to work or school. It is a driver’s responsibility to keep an eye out for bikers and make sure they are operating their vehicles safely. When drivers make a mistake behind the wheel, it is usually the bike rider that suffers the consequences. Due to the lack of structural protection, bikers involved in accidents may suffer from broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, neck and back injuries and even wrongful death.
At Whittel & Melton, our Tampa Bay area Bicycle & Pedestrian Accident Attorneys are committed to helping bike accident victims and their families seek financial compensation after an accident. If your child has been injured or killed in a bicycle accident, we urge you to take immediate action and contact us for a free consultation. Call us today at 866-608-5529 to schedule your confidential consultation. We are proud to serve Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota Counties – including Tampa, Brandon, St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida.