Bicyclist struck, killed on 13th Street

Published: Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 7:03 a.m.

A bicyclist died after he was struck by a vehicle late Tuesday on NW 13th Street in Gainesville, although police are still not exactly sure of the circumstances leading to the crash.

Kenneth Hall, 55, of Gainesville, had been on NW 13th Street near the overpass at NW 8th Avenue when he was hit by a vehicle shortly before 10 p.m., said Gainesville Police spokesman Lt. Keith Kameg.

Hall suffered serious head injuries and was taken to Shands at the University of Florida, Kameg said. He was pronounced dead at about midnight.

Sgt. Jeff Blundell with GPD said witnesses to the crash gave conflicting statements as to how the crash happened: One person said the man was riding north and then fell off of his bicycle, another person said he was riding south and fell into the northbound lanes, and a third person said they thought the bicycle fell off the back of a truck.

The one consistency, Blundell said, is that he was on the ground at the time of the accident.

"So it sounds like what most likely happened was that he went down for some reason and then was in the roadway when the car was approaching," he said.

Blundell said a man in a compact Pontiac sedan struck the fallen bicyclist, but did not realize he had actually struck a person until he stopped a little ways down the road and walked back to see what he had hit.

"He never actually saw the person in the roadway. He just saw a quick flash of metal," Blundell said.

Kameg said the crash caused traffic on 13th Street to be diverted for several hours.

Based on initial reports, it did not appear charges would be filed, Kameg said.

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