55-year-old male bicyclist dies after collision with dump truck in Sarasota

Sarasota Police Department investigating Nov. 3 incident

The Sarasota Police Department Traffic Unit is investigating a traffic fatality that occurred just before 9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, the agency has announced.

“The crash involved a bicyclist and a dump truck,” a news release explains. “The bicyclist was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, where he died from his injuries,” the release adds. “The dump truck driver remained on the scene and was cooperative with officers.”

The bicyclist, a 55-year-old male resident of Sarasota, was riding northbound on Pineapple Avenue, approaching the intersection of Ringling Boulevard in the city of Sarasota, the release points out. The dump truck, which had entered the intersection, was traveling westbound on Ringling Boulevard, the release says. “The bicyclist and the dump truck collided,” it adds.

A roundabout exists at that intersection.

During the Nov. 7 Sarasota City Commission meeting, Mayor Erik Arroyo said he had heard from residents who were upset about the incident, as the bicyclist reportedly was returning from The Legacy Trail when the collision occurred. The Legacy Trail ends on the outskirts of Payne Park, at School Avenue in downtown Sarasota.

“The cause of the crash remains under investigation,” the Police Department news release says. Anyone who may have witnessed the incident but who has not spoken with law enforcement officers is being asked to call Officer Robert Dodge at 941-702-1090, the release continues.

“The investigation remains active and ongoing by the Sarasota Police Department Traffic Unit,” the release adds.