Whenever the police respond to an accident involving a bicycle, they expect the worst. A person simply can’t withstand the impact of a car. There’s really nothing to protect them other than a plastic helmet. This seemed to be the case this week in Atlantic Beach.
The police responded to the report of a vehicular accident on the Atlantic Beach Bridge on Saturday, August 29th. The crash happened at about 2:30 in the afternoon.
A 27-year old man driving a 2000 Chevy was traveling in the Northbound lanes of the bridge. A man was driving in the same lanes on his bicycle. The cyclist was a 46-year old man. The police haven’t released the names of either the driver of the Chevy or the man on the bicycle.
The Chevy crashed into the man on the bike and ran him over. The cyclist suffered very serious injuries and was taken to the local hospital for treatment. The doctors confirmed he suffered multiple head traumas during the accident. His condition at the time of this report was critical but stable condition.
The driver of the Chevy was not injured.
The police in Nassau County indicated that the Chevy had recently been tested for safety. The car’s brakes had also been tested recently. The police have not indicated what caused the Chevy driver to crash into the cyclist.
The police investigation is still ongoing. Normally, one wouldn’t expect impairment to play a role in an accident that happens in the afternoon. Here, the police did not indicate if they are running toxicology reports or not.
The man on the bicycle will likely have a legal claim against the other driver.