Bicyclist killed, hit by 2 vehicles on Dale Mabry Hwy

James Aaron Hope was on a bicycle when he was hit by a vehicle.

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.

A new study found that Florida is among the states with biggest traffic fatality increases. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s