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Each Southwest Florida bike death is a different, heartbreaking story...this is Ronnie Taylor's story.
Ronnie Alan Taylor, 57
Crash date: April 7, 2014Ronnie Taylor was picking up the pieces of his life. He was living in a Fort Myers homeless shelter and had worked his way to some independence: a set of wheels.
He had worked as a handyman and janitor in the past and hoped to secure a steady job.
Bikes are the primary mode of transportation for 75 percent or more of the people Major counsels. Many of those riders are among the most vulnerable and under-equipped for the roads, though safety advocates and law enforcement pass out lights and other gear and offer education.
On April 7, a Monday around 2 p.m., a white SUV turning left from Halgrim Avenue onto Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers struck Taylor while he was crossing Cleveland on his bicycle. Taylor died several days later in the hospital. The driver, Magdalena Zayas, was not cited; police said Taylor was at fault.
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