Bicyclists worry about safety in southwest Florida
CREATED Aug. 20, 2012
LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Sharing the road. A bicyclist and a car on a collision course. Sunday night, a group of enthusiasts are searching for justice -- after one of them is mowed down by a driver who never bothered to stop.
Cyclist Ciro Crespo walks with a slight limp in his right leg and that is not his only health issue.
“I got a hematoma right here, blood forming.” Crespo said. “And I got a huge bruise on left hip. The right should I can't I can't move my arm behind me, over my head.”
Crespo and a group of a cycle buddies were out for a morning ride on Saturday. They began to round a curve at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Arroyal Road in Bonita Springs when it happened.
“I'm making the turn, i'm like the fifth guy back from the lead guy. Before you know it, I'm rolling on the hood of a car. And while I'm still on the hood of the car, I hear a gas pedal go full throttle.” Crespo recalled. “We thought she was going to stop and she accelerated again and disappeared.”
Fellow cyclist Xavier Duclos watched the entire incident unfold in horror, and could not believe that the driver just kept going.
“Police showed up first, ambulance showed up first and fire department showed up.” Duclos said.
But Crespo says since the accident, he was unable to get answers about the case. “I can't get any information from the Sheriff's department as to her insurance information. All they give me is a little piece of paper with the case number on it. I've been calling them like a thousand times.”
So, Four In Your Corner contacted the sheriff's office and did get a response. Officials telling us that the driver was found and issued a citation for leaving the scene of an accident.
But Crespo wants more to be done. “This lady should not be driving. I mean what is so important that she had to hit me that she couldn't wait three of five seconds. What in the world is so important.”
While Crespo waits for justice to be done, cyclists - using this it as a opportunity to educate drivers about sharing the road.
“You have to give a cyclist if there is no bike path - three feet.” Crespo says. “Most of them are very friendly, but you run into certain drivers that just think they own the road.”
Something else you might find surprising. The hit and run driver told investigators that she knew she hit Crespo, but said was late for an interview.
She has been issued a court date for November.