Law enforcement locates Volvo involved in fatal hit-and-run


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Volvo that was involved in a fatal hit-and-run on November 28 was located last night by Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and Gainesville Police Department (GPD). No arrests have been made; in a release, GPD stated that they are still collecting evidence for the criminal case.

On Monday, November 28, at approximately 9:38 a.m., Gainesville Police Department officers responded to the 3300 block of S. Main Street in reference to a vehicle versus bicyclist crash.

A citizen observed vehicle and bicycle debris on the west side of the roadway and sidewalk. The citizen also observed a body in the wooded area near the debris. Gainesville Fire Rescue responded and pronounced the bicyclist dead on scene.

The investigation up to this point revealed the bicyclist was traveling southbound in the curbside lane, when he was struck from behind by a silver Volvo, also traveling south. The driver of the Volvo fled the scene.

  • I predict the driver will be at least 85 years old, senile, and totally unaware of what they did.

  • To me it is nonsensical that bicycles have to ride with traffic, had he been riding against traffic he would have seen the car coming and might have been able to avoid being hit.

    • Most people would bike on the sidewalk. You definitely don’t “have” to bike in the roadway with the cars going 60 MPH around curves and over hills. It’s probably either a very inexperienced or very experienced biker (perhaps overconfident).

      As far as riding in the wrong direction, that causes like 4x to 7x more accidents, if you look at the statistics. Especially if you’re talking about riding the wrong direction in the roadway. Even the wrong direction on the sidewalk is a bad idea. Don’t wear headphones and listen for cars as you approach possible places someone might want to turn right and crash into you. It’s not that hard. I don’t want “my right to bicycle in the roadway” to be the hill I die on, so the sidewalk is good enough for me on a road like that.

    • I know that seems to make sense, however, it is against the law. Also, a friend of mine on his bike got hit by a car even though he was riding on the left towards traffic. This almost kept him from collecting any insurance since his ride was illegql.

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