Car hits and kills Port Charlotte man riding bicycle on the sidewalk

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Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 3:18 pm

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Troopers are looking for help gathering information on a crash that killed a Port Charlotte man on a bicycle last week.

The crash happened around 9:30pm Friday on Elkcam Boulevard near McQuire Park.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, a Nissan driven by 23-year-old David McGovern of Port Charlotte was headed north on Elkcam.  As it passed another vehicle, McGovern lost control of the car, which skidded off the road and overturned, striking a man who was riding a bicycle on the sidewalk.

The bicyclist, 39-year-old Howard Tomlin of North Port, was transported to Bayfront Port Charlotte Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

None of the three occupants in the car were injured.

Troopers are asking anyone that witnessed the pre-crash driving pattern of McGovern's white 2007 Nissan Maxima as it traveled on Elkcam Boulevard that night to please contact the Florida Highway Patrol at 239-938-1800 Cpl. Mike Michaud.

The case remains under investigation.

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1 comment:

  • JRedding posted at 11:10 am on Sat, Jun 28, 2014.

    JRedding Posts: 20

    We need safer Sidewalks in Florida.

    When questioned by an ABC News Reporter about the street lamp posts in the middle of the sidewalk on Bee Ridge he said:

    "In addition to being exempted from the current ADA standards, Stublen says there are other barriers preventing the street lamps from being moved. "Right now we are right up against the edge of the right of way. We have no more room. Literally millions would be required to purchase any additional right away we would need if we were to relocated the street lamp," said Stublen.

    Look at the photo. Does it sound like Mr Stublen is telling the truth.

    Please help us in the efforts to relocate the street lamp posts which obstruct the center of the Bee Ridge Road Sidewalk by visiting Change.org and signing our Petition.

    http://www.change.org/petitions/move-the-street-lamps-completely-off-the-sidewalk

    Thank you.

    Jeff Redding
    Lifetime Member, Blinded Veterans of America

     

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