Faulty Liftgate On 18-Wheeler Strikes Bicyclists

Nationally, Florida ranks first in bicycle accident fatalities at 5.7 per million while the national average per million is 2.3. Florida annually sees 110 cyclist deaths. Alcohol has been found to be a major contributing factor in many of these accidents, accounting for nearly 100 accidents between 2013 and 2016. 64% of these accidents occur in locations other than intersections. The fatal accidents occurred primarily on state and county roads. Miami-Dade County has the highest fatality rate for bicyclists, with Broward County coming in second.

ABC Action News reports on a Pasco hit-and-run crash that injured at least 4 bicyclists.

The incident occurred in Port Richey on Monday night when the liftgate to an 18-wheel truck making a left turn came loose and struck several bicyclists. The four cyclists were rushed to area hospitals following the accident.

Police believe the liftgate of the Florida Cancer Specialists truck was not secured properly, causing it to become dislodged.

Port Richey Police Chief Gerard DeCanio said he has never seen anything like this in his many years of law enforcement.

He spoke with the driver of the semi-truck, who said that inside the cab of the vehicle, there are no warning lights or sounds that indicate that the liftgate was not secured. Good Samaritans followed the driver to the Florida Cancer Specialists Treatment Center in Pasco County.