Last week, a West Park bicyclist died after he was hit by an automobile in Hollywood, Florida. 57-year-old Fearly Brownlee was in the center turn lane on Johnson Street when he was struck by a white Jaguar. The driver of the Jaguar reportedly failed to stop and render aid following the accident and continued driving her adult son to the airport. She was later stopped by police several miles from the crash site. Following the accident, Brownlee was transported to Memorial Regional Hospital where was pronounced dead.
The driver of the Jaguar, 67-year-old Eve Ramsden, told police she had no idea she hit someone and believed she instead struck a box in the roadway. According to police, since Brownlee’s bicycle was not damaged in the accident the father of nine may have been stopped in the turn lane and crouched down next to it when he was injured. Because it is unclear whether Ramsden was in fact aware she hit the bicyclist, Hollywood traffic-homicide investigators have asked any witnesses to the accident to contact them. Hollywood Police Sgt. Gene Cochenour stated Ramsden has not been charged in connection with the accident, but the crash is still under investigation for any possible criminal intent or neglect on the part of the driver.
Unfortunately, bicyclists are commonly struck by automobiles in South Florida. Unexpected motor vehicle collisions are one of the most frequent causes of personal injury and wrongful death in our state every year. When a bicyclist or pedestrian is struck by a car or truck, complex injuries, lifelong disabilities, and even death often result.
Bicycle crashes are normally caused by a reckless, inattentive, or careless drivers who simply fail to notice bicyclists. If you were injured or tragically lost a loved one in a bicycle or other accident, you may be able to sue the person who caused your harm or loss for the cost of your medical care, pain and suffering, temporary or permanent disability, lost wages, lost earning capacity, and funeral expenses. Unfortunately, the amount of time you have to file your personal injury or wrongful death claim in the State of Florida is limited. Because of this, you should contact a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as you are able.