Fifty-one-year-old Luis Escobar of Weston was killed Wednesday night while riding his bicycle during a group ride.
A media release from the Broward Sheriff's Office says "he swerved into another lane of traffic, hitting a vehicle passing by." The traffic homicide department is investigating, as is typical with any fatal collision involving a vehicle, according to BSO spokesperson Keyla Concepcion. She did not know when a full incident report would be available.
BSO's media release says:
The incident took place just before 8 p.m. Aug. 13 in the 20100 block of Saddle Club Road in Weston. Luis Escobar, 51, was riding with a group of bicyclists, heading eastbound in the bike lane of Saddle Club Road. For reasons unknown, Escobar rode out of the bike lane and across the right lane, striking the side of the vehicle in the left lane.
Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue rushed to the scene, but Escobar's injuries were fatal.
Marylil Matos, the driver of the 2013 Honda Pilot involved in the incident, remained on scene.
Cyclists in an online forum speculated that the rider may have had a heart attack. One witness who claimed to be there said that the driver "was very distraught" and that Escobar "was out of the lane; we don't know why."
BSO's Concepcion said the medical examiner's office is conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Javier Alba, a cyclist from Weston, says that Escobar was riding with his team, the Team Memorial Weston Warriors, on a weekly 22-mile ride. Alba was not on the ride this Wednesday but says Escobar was a regular rider, "a really nice, happy person." A vigil -- with cyclists wearing jerseys and carrying candles and bike lights -- was planned for last night at Regional Park YMCA Weston, and Alba said there was talking of organizing a memorial bike ride for Escobar.
Cyclists repeated the too-familiar laments about drivers using cell phones, not paying attention, and not seeing them. According to the University of Florida's Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Resource Center, Florida has ranked in the top three in bicycle and pedestrian fatalities every year since 2001. Also, on Wednesday, a cyclist in Boynton Beach died after a collision with a garbage truck.
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