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April 4, 2018

Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol arrived at the scene of a crash that involved a car and a person walking a bicycle in DeLand on the morning of Wednesday, April 4th, and are currently investigating the incident to see if there is any outstanding culpability for either of the individuals involved in the case.  The report that the Volusia County  troopers issued regarding the incident outlines the currently verifiable facts, however there is still much to be discovered and therefore the initial report is not complete.

We know that the person walking their bicycle is a 55-year-old man from DeLand and that he was walking down the western lane of Euclid Avenue, close to the intersection of Euclid and Fairfield Avenue, shortly after 6:30 in the morning.  Although he was in the westbound lane, the DeLand man was headed east.  It is not clear why he was not riding the bicycle.  Nor is it clear why he was on the roadway instead of using the shoulder or a sidewalk.  It is possible that the area where the incident occurs does not have a shoulder or a sidewalk, but this fact was not included in the initial Florida Highway Patrol report.

A 22-year-old from Deltona was driving down the westbound lanes of Euclid when he approached the pedestrian and struck them.  The Deltona resident, who was behind the wheel of a 2013 four-door Chevrolet, either did not see the man with the bicycle or was unable to avoid him after spotting him.  The collision resulted in the older man being thrown off of the road and into the grass besides the asphalt.  It seems that the driver of the Chevy did not leave the scene after striking the pedestrian, and it is believed that he is cooperating in all aspects of the ongoing investigation.

The pedestrian was alive when paramedics and other first responders reached the scene and he was transported to a nearby hospital.  His current condition is not known.

Regarding the investigations findings, we know that alcohol has been ruled out as a possible catalyst for the incident, but the official report included little else.

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