TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Anyone who has driven near the intersection of North Dale Mabry Highway and Lambright Street knows how busy it is and how dangerous the road can be. On Monday night, a bicyclist lost his life on the busy highway.
According to Florida Highway Patrol troopers, a Tampa man was riding his bicycle on the raised median just before 9 p.m. He veered into the inside travel lane of Dale Mabry and into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
FHP spokesperson Steve Gaskins tells WFLA that the bicyclist, 21-year-old James Aaron Hope, was hit twice by two separate vehicles.
Angel Valladeres, 21, of Tampa, was driving an SUV and hit Hope when the bicyclist veered into the inside travel lane. The impact of the crash knocked Hope off his bicycle into oncoming traffic. A second vehicle driven by Anthony Grampietro, 20, of Tampa, was unable to avoid hitting him
Barbara Diaz, a mother-of-three who lives nearby, says drivers barrel out of control through the intersection constantly. “This is so sad, but it doesn’t surprise me. I feel bad for anyone who has to walk or ride a bike in this area. It’s too dangerous. Something needs to be done, more patrols, more police.”
The FHP spokesperson tells WFLA that the bicyclist was not wearing a helmet. However, Gaskins goes on to say that it is not clear if the bicyclist was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
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