Fort Lauderdale pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents mar weekend

A 65-year-old man was badly hurt in a Fort Lauderdale bicycle accident after being struck by a police vehicle on Saturday night at East Las Olas Boulevard and Isle of Venice, the Miami Herald reported.

Las Olas Boulevard has been a particularly dangerous area for bicycle and pedestrian accidents this spring. The SunSentinel reported that police have placed electronic signs on Las Olas, warning drivers to watch for pedestrians after two people were killed in the last month.

Elsewhere in Fort Lauderdale over the weekend:

-A 42-year-old man died from injuries sustained in a Fort Lauderdale pedestrian accident on Saturday night. He was struck by a Honda on Saturday as he crossed the street in the 1400 block of West Sunrise Boulevard about 8:30 p.m.

The 17-year-old driver fled the scene and was located by authorities a short time later, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

– A Canadian tourist was critically injured on Sunday night on Harbor Drive in Fort Lauderdale after being struck by a 26-year-old Davie man driving a Honda Civic, the SunSentinel reported.

Florida is the most dangerous state in the nation for bicycle accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which reported that 125 of the nation’s 716 bicycle accidents occurred in Florida during 2008.

Only California reports more fatal pedestrian accidents than Florida. In 2008, a total of 490 fatal pedestrian accidents occurred in Florida. Nationwide, 4,378 were reported.