Jaime Villa Rivas, 40, Killed In West County Accident

A fatal crash involving a bicyclist snarled traffic on County Road 512, east of Broadway Street, officials said.

Troopers identified the bicyclist killed in the accident as Jaime Villa Rivas, a Fellsmere resident, authorities said. The crash caused heavy traffic on County Road 512, causing drivers to pull off the road onto side streets.

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Florida Highway Patrol troopers said the wreck happened when Rivas was crossing County Road 512 from the south to the north. According to FHP, a westbound 2003 Dodge Ram was in the westbound lane approaching the Broadway Street intersection when Rivas cycled into the westbound lane, and directly into the path of the truck.

The truck struck Rivas, jolting him off the bicycle, FHP spokesman Alvaro Feola stated. Rivas was not wearing a helmet at the time of the wreck. First emergency responders arrived shortly after the accident. Rivas, 40, was pronounced dead at the scene, Feola said.

FHP continues to investigate the crash.


Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash:   “This is serious accident that resulted in the death of Mr. Rivas.   We hope for everyone’s sake that it can be quickly discovered what the cause was.   Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. This is especially true when there are children in the area.  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 to find out what are your rights”.

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