Sheriff: Van runs stop sign, kills Florida deputy on bike

Sheriff: Van runs stop sign, kills Florida deputy on bike
Senior Deputy Frank Scofield, seen here in this photo, was off-duty when a van ran a stop sign and hit his bicycle, killing him. (Source: Brunswick Commercial and Government Products)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - An off-duty Florida sheriff’s deputy was killed when a van that ran a stop sign and hit his bicycle as he headed out for a 35-mile (56-kilometer) bike ride.

Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood told reporters that Senior Deputy Frank Scofield died at the hospital some three hours after the Sunday morning crash near Daytona Beach.

He says 58-year-old Scofield was training for an annual bike ride in New York to commemorate the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Chitwood says the crash was so powerful that Scofield’s bike was split in half and the seat post was ripped off.

A trauma doctor witnessed the crash and started CPR before paramedics arrived.

The Florida Highway Patrol says the van was driven by 75-year-old Lajos Toth. An investigation continues.

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