Pembroke Pines, FL – Teen Killed in Bicycle Crash on Pines Blvd near Westfork Plaza
Pembroke Pines, FL (May 11, 2021) – A teenager lost their life on the afternoon of Monday, May 10 after they were involved in a bicycle vs vehicle crash in Pembroke Pines. According to reports, the teenager was struck on Pines Boulevard.
The incident was reported to have occurred near the Westfork Plaza on Pines Boulevard. The driver of a minivan was attempting to turn right out of the plaza to head west on Pines when she struck the teenager, who was riding his bike headed east on the sidewalk.
The driver of the minivan was identified as 68-year-old Joan Ferris Berkowitz. The teenager was dragged underneath the van for approximately 30 yards before it came to a complete stop. The van came to a stop near the 1500 block of Pines Boulevard.
The minivan had to be lifted up off of the ground in order for the bicyclist to be removed. Once they were freed, the injured victim was transported to an area medical center for treatment, where they ultimately succumbed to their injuries.
Police continue to investigate the details of the incident.
Auto Collisions in Florida
When we think of vehicle and traffic accidents, we most often think of cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other motorized vehicles. These types of crashes happen most often and pose more of a general threat to motorists. However, there are other types of accidents that also happen frequently. Florida is home to many bicyclists who enjoy riding year-round given the warmer climate. Of course, riding a bicycle can also come with some tremendous risks. Bicyclists are not afforded the protection that other motorists in larger, traditional vehicles have when they are involved in a crash.
According to more recent statistics, there 6,568 reported bicycle accidents in Florida in 2018. From this number, an astounding 6,175 people were injured and 148 were killed. In the first quarter of 2019 alone, there 1,695 bicycle accidents statewide, with 40 fatalities connected to these accidents. It is clear, then, that the rate of death and injury in bicycle accidents is extremely high. It is important for riders to use care and caution at all times in order to avoid becoming a victim of a catastrophic accident.
At Boone & Davis, we know that many victims of bicycle crashes in Florida are injured or killed in accidents that were not their fault. Given the number of negligent drivers on our roadways, these victims often suffer injuries because of the careless actions of a third party. If you or a loved one have been affected by a bicycle crash in Florida, our Florida bicycle accident lawyers are here to help you get the compensation that you deserve to help you move forward with your life.
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