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Cyclist searching for Baymeadows hit-and-run Driver

4:01 PM, Jul 26, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Michelle Mullinix is an avid cyclist, and believes a good student of road safety.

"I felt I was doing everything right," she said.

Mullinix is now the victim of a hit-and-run accident while riding her bicycle.

"I had bruised ribs, a concussion, bruising, abrasions," said Mullinix.

June 26, during morning rush hour, Mullinix was riding her bicycle on Baymeadows Road near I-295, going about 20 mph. 

"I had the green light," she said. 

She had green but that did not stop the next chain of events.

Mullinix was going through the intersection when she was hit by a pick-up truck.

"I said oh my God he's not going to stop," said Mullinix.

Video from roadway cameras captured the moment as the service truck plowed in Mullinix knocking her off of her bicycle. 

"I was out for a few minutes," she said.

Mullinix said she believes the first person that came to her aid was the driver, who apologized.

"He seemed sincere," she said, "He said I'm sorry I didn't see you."

Mullinix said the driver then got in his truck and drove off before law enforcement arrived at the scene of the accident.

"He broke the law and people need to be aware," she said. "I could been killed."

FHP is now investigating and needs help identifying the vehicle.

Ted Mullinix said they know it is a service truck that struck his wife but they have yet to identify the vehicle or its owner.

"We just can't see the markings on the truck," he said. "It is a white truck some kind of utility truck like a plumbing truck, electrical truck."

They're hoping someone saw the accident and remembers something about the vehicle and contact the FHP.

"The officers that saw the video said you are so lucky a few seconds more you would have been dead or crippled," said Mullinix," I'm very fortunate."

Charles Fetzer, Lakeshore Bicycles, is an advocate of cycling safety. 

"About half the accidents are the bicyclist fault and the other fault are the fault of the driver," said Fetzer.

Fetzer along with the Florida Bicycle Association, First Coast Chapter conducts safety classes. 

"Awareness is definitely what we need to bring more attention to the issue," he said. "And to get drivers to pay more attention, being more careful and respectful of their neighbors."

Florida Bicycle Association has a set of rules for cyclists, these are a few of them: 

  • Look for "Share the Road" signs. It means the cyclist has the right of "first come, first served" and the full use of lane.
  • Motorists wishing to pass, must yield and wait until it is safe to do so.
  • The law requires at least three feet of space when you pass.
  • Adult bicyclists do not belong on the sidewalk.
  • Many conflicts and crashes are caused by impatient drivers. If you're a motorists and encounter a bicycle driver, take a moment to observe the roadway so it is safe for you and the cyclist.

UPDATE Florida Highway Patrol Investigating: Anyone has information on the above listed case, please contact the Florida Highway Dispatch Center at 904-359-6572 or First Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS (8477).

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