Read this and weep.
The short version: The Daytona Beach cyclist dies in a right hook by a bus, which not just hit him, but ran over him. But the cyclist was a convicted felon, and the bus driver a "two million mile safe driver," so guess whose fault is is? Oh, and the police spokesman is the bus driver's brother, to boot. Don't miss the comments after the article if you need a jolt to your blood pressure.
The long version:
Bicyclist dies in collision with Votran bus
By LYDA LONGA
DAYTONA BEACH -- Sitting at the front of the Votran bus with her 3-year-old granddaughter by her side, Gladys Williams watched in horror as bicyclist Marvin White was struck by the bus, then seemed to vanish beneath it.
With tears streaming down her face Tuesday afternoon, Williams recounted the accident that killed White, a man she has known most of her life growing up in the city.
"He (the bus driver) didn't see the man and the man didn't see him," Williams said between sobs, referring to the Votran bus driver and White. "I saw him (White) at the corner talking to a woman with a dog, just before he got hit."
After he finished speaking to the woman, the 51-year-old White apparently continued riding west on Orange Avenue just before noon. Daytona Beach police spokesman Jimmie Flynt said the bus -- driven by his brother Nate Flynt -- also was heading west on Orange, after passing Ridgewood Avenue. There is a bus stop at the northwest corner of Ridgewood and Orange.
Based on a preliminary investigation, Nate Flynt, 57, was easing the bus into the bus stop. About the same time, White was riding alongside the bus, just in front of the right rear tire. White veered somewhat to the left to avoid hitting a curb and when he did so, he struck the side of the bus, was thrown from his bicycle and was caught under the right rear tire.
White died at Halifax Health Medical Center just minutes after the accident.
State records show White was a felon who served several prison terms for crimes including manslaughter.
Nate Flynt, meanwhile, a veteran driver with Votran who is known as a "2 million-mile safe driver because he has never had an accident in over 24 years," according to Votran operations manager Bill Mayer, will be taken off his route while an investigation is completed. Mayer said both police and Votran officials will conduct their own queries of the accident.
Mayer said cameras are mounted on the right front side of every bus, which means the one mounted on Nate Flynt's bus may have captured the incident.
That is, if the camera was working. Mayer said the cameras have a 10 percent failure rate because the "buses are going up and down bumpy roads."
"I hope it was working today," he said Tuesday.