A St. Lucie County judge found a bus driver guilty of failing to yield to a Citi Bike rider, fatally crushing the cyclist under his rear wheel.
A 39-year-old driver faces up to 30 days in jail on the misdemeanor conviction for the tragic collision, which he insists was an accident.
During the non-jury trial, prosecutors argued that the 39-year-old spotted the victim, wearing over-the-ear headphones and no helmet and honked at him.
Although the 27-year-old victim, didn’t respond to the loud horn, the driver continued to barrel east down West 26th Street and tried to overtake the cyclist, who became sandwiched between the bus and a parked van.
The bus struck the 27-year-old and its rear wheel rolled over his torso, according to FHP.
Video surveillance captured the gruesome collision and its aftermath. The victim writhed on the ground as a crowd encircled him before succumbing to his injuries.
The prosecutor blasted the defense for blaming the victim and said that even if he had been riding with no hands and a blindfold on, he had the right of way.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in a fatality. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”
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