I ride this section of road at least two-three times a month..
From The Gainesville Sun
Article published Aug 30, 2006
Aug 30, 2006
Student killed in bicycle accident
By LISE FISHER
Sun staff writer
A bicycle ride turned deadly for a University of Florida graduate student, who was fatally injured after he was struck from behind on Williston Road on Sunday.
Welch McNair Bostick III, 34, was pronounced dead at 12:55 a.m. Monday, about five hours after the collision that occurred about 7:25 p.m., the Florida Highway Patrol reported.
Bostick suffered internal bleeding when he was hit, a family friend and others who knew the doctoral student said Tuesday.
Doctors used about 50 units of blood while trying to save him, but his heart later failed.
A doctoral student at UF's agricultural and biological engineering department, Bostick had been riding north on Williston Road and was about three miles west of Gainesville when a northbound car crashed into the rear of his bicycle.
Bostick had been bicycling on the road's paved shoulder, troopers reported. The 2000 Infinity, driven by Andrew C. Day, 18, of Micanopy, had drifted off the roadway just before the crash.
Driver distraction may have been the cause of the fatal crash.
"The preliminary crash investigation reveals the possibility that the driver may have been distracted, causing him to drift into the bicyclist," said FHP spokesman Lt. Mike Burroughs.
Day was cited by troopers for failure to maintain a single lane.
Bostick had mastered mathematics and physics in connection with his field of study, said James W. Jones, a distinguished professor with Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Bostick's major professor. Bostick had been one of about 15 people in Jones' lab at the school. "But he also mastered interpersonal relationships," Jones said. "He was just a fine gentleman. We miss him greatly."
Born in Charlotte, N.C., Bostick moved with his family to South Carolina when he was a child, his family reported.
He had received his undergraduate and master's degrees at Clemson University in South Carolina before entering the doctoral program at UF in the fall of 2001, said Jones and Kenneth L. Campbell, the department's interim chairman.
"He's one of the best students I've ever had," said Jones, who expected Bostick would have received his doctorate later this year.
Campbell said Bostick had done work in Africa relating to crop growth and production.
"He was always looking to help out his fellow students. New students would come into the lab to work and he would greet and welcome them in," Campbell said.
Bostick was active in community housing on campus. A resident at University Village South, he had served as "mayor" at the complex, an elected position at the student housing area.
Jones said Bostick was considering going to Europe to continue his studies but was also looking at job opportunities in the United States.
Before coming to UF, Bostick also had studied in Japan, where he met his wife, Carmen Valero Aracama, who graduated with a doctorate from UF last year. The couple has a 9-month-old son, Luca Bostick-Valero.
A memorial service will be held for Bostick today starting at 9 a.m. in the Bamboo Garden at Kanapaha Gardens off Archer Road.