Janine Zeitlin, Melanie Payne and Laura Ruane
Each Southwest Florida bike death is a different, heartbreaking story...this is Emilia Santiago's story.
Emilia Santiago, 47
Crash date: Sept. 26, 2014
|This is the aftermath of a crash that killed Emilia Santiago in Collier County. (Photo: Special to news-press.com)|
Crespo, an auto mechanic and cyclist, thought about how many people he sees on bikes and foot in East Naples, home to working-class neighborhoods. How the infrastructure is sorely lacking.
"The people who need it the most get the least," wrote Crespo on Facebook, where he posted a photo of the bike without the rider.
Around 12:40 p.m., Emilia Santiago, 47, was traveling from her job at the Delicias Latina deli and grocery store to her home. She was riding her red Schwinn tricycle on a sidewalk, against the traffic.
She wasn't wearing a helmet. A pickup truck driver leaving the Home Depot stopped at the stop sign but didn't see Santiago. The Ford F-150 turned right and struck her. Santiago was air-lifted to Lee Memorial and died on Oct. 4.
The driver, 54-year-old Travis Goss Jr., was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. He paid a $1,603 fine for the crash that ended Santiago's life.