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Cyclist hit in Sanibel crosswalk on Periwinkle Way

By Staff | May 22, 2015

A bicyclist in a marked crosswalk in Sanibel was struck by a driver early Friday, police said. The unnamed bicyclist was transported by helicopter to Lee Memorial in Fort Myers.

The man’s condition was unknown, police chief William Tomlinson said. Witnesses said the man appeared unresponsive in the roadway. He was not wearing a helmet and carried no identification.

Witnesses said the bicyclist at about 9 a.m. was riding through a crosswalk on Periwinkle near the St. Michael Church.

A woman in a westbound Honda SUV had stopped to allow the rider to cross, but that the driver of an eastbound Chrysler sedan struck the rider.

The driver didn’t appear to brake, a witness said. The impact catapulted the bicyclist into the roadway. A witness said the rider landed heavily and was unresponsive.

The green and white bicycle ended up under the the Honda. Police had closed Periwinkle until Lee County crime scene workers completed an investigation.

Chief Tomlinson said bicyclists in Sanibel’s 25 miles of mixed-use pathways have the option of riding crosswalks, but suggested that walking a bike is safer.

Names of drivers in the mishap were not immediately available.

Remarkably, members of the Sanibel Bicycle Club sponsored an event Wednesday honoring those injured or killed on bicycles.

The Ride of Silence attracted some 100 bicyclists on the 10-mile ride. Lee County has logged nearly 30 bicyclists killed on roadways since 2009, making it one of the more deadly regions for riders in the country.