HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Kevin Slane found himself stuck in the middle of an insurance battle between Geico and HART transportation. He was left with a destroyed bicycle and no one who wanted to take responsibility.
Slane is currently living in a tent and working at Jimmy Johns to deliver sandwiches. He depends on the bicycle for work. But in April, his bike was heavily damaged after it was involved in an accident, while on a HART bus. The bus driver was in the right lane on Hillsborough Avenue when a car swerved in front of the bus, in order to turn into a parking lot. The car and the bus collided, and Slane’s bike was destroyed.
Florida Highway Patrol responded and determined that the car driver was at fault. The driver is insured by Geico, but Slane says the company told him they do not have responsibility and would not fix his bike. HART told him to go after Geico.
“Geico has told him they are not at fault and they don’t have a responsibility in the whole situation, but according to the police report, it says differently,” said Sandra Morrison, a HART spokeswoman.
“I feel like I have been kicked to the side,” Slane said.
Slane turned 8 On Your Side and we asked questions.
After hearing that Slane is living in a tent and has little means to fight this, HART officials decided to donate a bike to him. HART has a program to fix up bikes that are left on HART busses and give them to needy people in the community. A HART director personally picked out one of the bikes for Slane and gave it to 8 On Your Side to delivery it to him.
Meanwhile, after Geico officials heard from 8 On Your Side, they decided to send Slane a check to cover the cost of the bike that was destroyed.