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Elderly Woman Strikes Cyclist on Florida Park Drive, Asks If He’s OK, Then Drives Off

| February 11, 2015

A Chevy Impala similar to the one that struck a 22-year-old cyclist on Florida Park Drive Tuesday evening, and drove away. (Wikimedia Commons)

A Chevy Impala similar to the one that struck a 22-year-old cyclist on Florida Park Drive Tuesday evening, and drove away. (Wikimedia Commons)

Around 9 p.m Tuesday, Jordan Tyler, a 22-year-old resident of Ferdinand Lane in Palm Coast, was on his bicycle, riding north on the sidewalk paralleling Florida Park Drive. He was not far from his house.

Tyler approached the intersection with Farrington Lane, three blocks north of Palm Coast Parkway. Farrington ends in a T at Florida Park Drive. A sedan was stopped at the intersection, facing east. Tyler proceeded. But as soon as he started riding across the street, according to a crash report, the sedan moved forward, struck him, and sent Tyler rolling onto the hood of the vehicle. He struck the front windshield then fell to the pavement.

The driver, believed to have been an older woman, stopped the car, got out, and asked Tyler if he was OK.

Then she drove away, going south on Florida Park Drive, according to the crash report’s schematics.

The report does not specify what direction she went. Farrington Lane connects Farragut Drive to Florida Park Drive, and collects traffic from three streets along the way.

Tyler described the vehicle as a four-door Chevy Impala. No one at the scene could provide a tag number or further description of the vehicle.

Tyler complained of head and back injuries and was taken to Florida Hospital Flagler by Flagler County Fire Rescue 22. His brown Trek Cruiser Classic sustained minor damage and paint scratches. The bicycle had a front light, which Tyler said was on at the time of the crash, though Tyler himself was not wearing protective gear. (A functioning light is required by law on bicycles at night, protective gear is not.)

“Although accidents happen, this is a serious incident,” Sheriff Jim Manfre said in a news release issued this morning. “Anyone who is involved in a crash resulting in the injury of any person is required to stop their vehicle, provide assistance and wait for law enforcement.”

The incident is under investigation by the sheriff’s office. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that hit-and-run crashes have been increasing statewide, with almost 70,000 reported hit-and-run crashes in 2012, and 168 fatalities from hit-and-run crashes that year, up from 162 in 2011.

One of those fatalities was that of Sean Lynn Ryan, a 25-year-old Flagler County resident killed in December 2012 as he was walking along U.S. 1 near Plantation Bay. The driver who struck him drove off. But after a dogged investigation by then-FHP trooper Randy Naugher, with DNA samples helping, the search led to John D. Steele, who told his insurance agent that he’d struck a deer. Steel is being sentenced by Circuit Judge J. David Walsh Thursday afternoon in Bunnell. Leaving the scene of a crash with a death is a second degree felony, exposing Steel to up to 15 years in prison.

Leaving the scene of a crash with injury, as was the case with Tuesday evening’s incident, is a third-degree felony.

“We’re hoping that someone will come forward so we can resolve this matter,” Manfre said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office non-emergency phone number at 386-313-4911 in reference to case 2015-16494, or call Crime Stoppers at 888-277-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1000.00.

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8 Responses for “Elderly Woman Strikes Cyclist on Florida Park Drive, Asks If He’s OK, Then Drives Off”

  1. David B. says:

    Share the Road.

  2. BIG JOHN says:

    Another Palm Coast senior citizen who should not be driving anymore.
    Call her a taxi so we can all be safe.

    • tulip says:

      Big John—don’t criticize her because she is a senior citizen, as there are many younger drivers out there who have killed and hurt people in Flagler County. I’m more afraid of my safety with the younger drivers who have no common sense, and also the drivers who have road rage, then I am of an older driver.

      However,. the woman that hit this person on Fl Pk Dr should be criticized and taken to task for NOT stopping, getting out and checking on the victim and call 911. It’s the humane and responsible thing to do at ANY AGE and, should she be caught, punished accordingly.

  3. happening now says:

    Am thankful boy not hurt. Our roads are swamped with cars to get out of cold weather. Yesterday, I saw in PC too many near hits and misses from drivers who have no concept of what is front of them or behind them They won’t be reading this, but for the rest of us, be AWARE. They either don’t care or don’t know how to drive safely…….Bike week and races coming up…… Spring breakers ………etc……

  4. markingthedays says:

    If the report is accurate and the bicyclist was traveling NORTH, then he was on the wrong side of the road. Farrington intersects from the west. If the driver was stopped at the intersection she would have been facing east. The flow of traffic would have been coming from her left, which is naturally where her eyes would be. The bicyclist was traveling AGAINST traffic and therefore was violating the rules of the road. If bicyclists want to share the road, they should expect to follow the same rules of that road.

    That being said, what kind jerk just drives off?

  5. lestep says:

    same thing happened to my husband when he called the police and the police found the woman they told my husband that was her third time that year….but she was related to some high people. When he went to the states attorneys office they said they would not be filing charges didnt think they had a case… ok 2nd time that year ran him over as he was edgin a lawn rolled window down as he is on the ground and says are you ok?? and he says no you just hit me and then she just drives off a coworker had gotten her tag as he was calling 911…..but no case right??

  6. TeddyBallGame says:

    Congested roads, narrow roads, no sidewalks, it’s dark, poor lighting, many older drivers. What could go wrong?

  7. David S. says:

    I have always said that people at 70 years of age need to take the written and a complete road test to renew their licence in this state. I have seen to many senior citizens who cant control their vehicles and do not obey any traffic signals these people are a hazzard ,this is a perfect example does any one remember what happened at publix 2 years ago?

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