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Bike rider struck, killed on Jensen Beach Causeway

MARTIN COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - A man on a three-wheel bicycle died Wednesday after Florida Highway Patrol officials say a Saturn struck him from behind while traveling over the Jensen Beach Causeway.

The crash happened shortly before 10 a.m. as the bicycle rider traveled east, and up the causeway bridge just to the right of the bicycle lane, FHP Corporal Raymond Stuhr said. The bicycle rider, a man in his late 50s or early 60s, died after being taken to Martin Memorial Medical Center in Stuart, said Lt. Tim Frith, FHP spokesman.

"The Saturn came over into the bike lane and struck the bicycle from behind," Stuhr said, standing at the scene.

Also at the scene, Debbie Gleason said she saw the driver whose vehicle struck the bicycle rider before the crash. Gleason was southbound on Indian River Drive on her way to the beach. She entered the roundabout at the west end of the causeway and saw the Saturn driver approaching.

"I honked my horn at her and slowed down," Gleason said. "She finally slowed down."

Gleason said she saw the cyclist and went around him.

"I looked in my rear view mirror and I saw that the gal at the roundabout was coming behind me and I thought, oh my God, I hope she's going to slow down for that cyclist and she veered right into the bike lane, hit him from behind," Gleason said.

Gleason, who said she routinely travels the bridge, said she pulled over and called 911.

"I just felt so helpless," she said.

Gleason said the man wasn't moving, but that he was breathing.

The name of the deceased and the woman driving the vehicle that struck him were not immediately available.

The causeway remained closed in both directions as of 12:45 p.m. Although the westbound lane briefly opened after the crash, it soon was shut following traffic concerns.

Stuhr said he suspected the cyclist was traveling to the right of the bike lane out of caution.

"I think he probably did that because it was probably safer for him to stay as far to the right . . . as he could," Stuhr said.

Charges are pending.

Messages left for Doug Killane, Martin County Fire Rescue spokesman, weren't immediately returned.

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