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2 bike crashes in 2 days near same intersection in St. Augustine

8:18 PM, Oct 21, 2013   |    comments
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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Two bicycle crashes took place in two days, near the same intersection in St. Augustine.

Katie Kendall was working at a dry cleaners on the corner of U.S. 1 and Wildwood Drive last week. She could see emergency vehicles at the intersection, and then a customer told her what was happening.

"They said 'it looked like there's a bike crumpled up in the middle of the road, and I was just like, 'awful!' That's because I ride my bike here every day," Katie noted.

Thursday, a Florida Highway Patrol report said a cyclist tried to cross at the intersection but he had a red light. A car, which had a green light, hit the cyclist, the report stated.

One day later, just about 200 feet north of the same intersection at Deltona Boulevard, a trooper's report indicated a cyclist tried to cross U.S. 1 in the path of cars, and a car hit the cyclist.

Both cyclists were taken to the hospital in critical condition, according to the FHP reports.

It's a busy intersection near the large St. Augustine Shores neighborhood, and there's a Publix shopping on the corner there too.

The two bike incidents in two days -- along with recent crashes at U.S. 1 at Wildwood -- have people talking.

A customer walked into the dry cleaners business where Kendall was working and commented on the crashes, "I don't know. They've got all those red lights there. So I just don't know."

According to data provided by FHP to First Coast News, 48 crashes have happened in 2013 in the area around the Wildwood/U.S. 1 intersection. That appears to be more crashes than other intersections have seen in southern St. Johns County. The intersection of State Road 207 and Interstate 95, for example, has had 15.

However, according to more information provided by FHP, the Wildwood/U.S. 1 intersection has not necessarily seen more bicycle crashes than other intersections in St. Johns County this year.

Jeff Bukowski of A1A Cycleworks said cyclists have to follow the rules of the road and drivers should share the road.

"It's just patience on the driver's part and courtesy on the cyclist's part," Bukowski explained.

FHP Sgt. Dylan Bryan said preliminary reports indicate both cyclists were at fault in the two crashes at Wildwood and U.S. 1, however the investigations are still underway.

As for Kendall, she still plans to turn on her lights and be extra careful on her bike.

"When stuff like that happens, it gets me shaken up," she said.  

First Coast News

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