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Bicyclist Dies After Struck by Vehicle on Commercial Way

WEEKI WACHEE – A Homosassa man died early this early morning after his bicycle was struck by car on Commercial Way.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 18-year-old Josephine Van Loan was traveling northbound on Commercial Way in her 2006 Cadillac when she struck a bicycle at the intersection of Long Lake Ave. The bicyclist, 23-year-old George Sanchez suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene.

The accident occurred around 2:45 a.m. and shut down the roadway for several hours. Fire Rescue returned to the scene about an hour after the accident to conduct a blood draw on the driver. Officials say the blood draw is just “standard procedure” and do not suspect impairment at this time; however, charges are pending according to the official report.

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  • FHP handles fatalities, their THI (Traffic Homicide Investigation ) unit takes all the measurements, photos and request for a blood draw. Normally between 4 to 6 hours depending on the scene and the time for the Medical Examiner to arrive and does his thing, with more photos and so forth. That is why traffic is rerouted for such a long time.

    Monday, 7 August 2017, 4:02 pm
  • Can’t believe all you ” people ” commenting are worried about blood alcohol testing and ” one less dumbass on a bicycle ” !!!!!! Seriously??????? How bout what is a 20 some ought doing driving a cadillac ?????? Forgot that question???? This was a human being that DIED. They had family, friends maybe even kids. Perhaps a bicycle was their only tranportation to and from a job that supported family and kids. A LITTLE RESPECT FOR THEM PLEASE. PRAYERS FOR THEM AND ANY FAMILY MEMBERS LEFT BEHIND. No prayers for heartless ” people ” like most of these commentors – just disgust.

    Friday, 4 August 2017, 10:21 pm
  • One less dumbass on a bike !
    So sorry for the poor young lady

    Friday, 4 August 2017, 4:13 pm
    • Wow, it wasn’t even someone on a motorcycle, it was a pedal bicycle. Regardless of if he was dumb for riding by a dangerous road… I’ve also seen kids ride their bicycles across 19. If you think you can call yourself Karma, you should also understand Dharma.

      Friday, 4 August 2017, 5:10 pm
    • You are so inhumane, cold and heartless! You better pray that Karma doesn’t come back around and take away a loved one. Oops, sorry with such a cold heart you probably aren’t capable of human emotions. You are a heartless individual.

      Monday, 7 August 2017, 6:22 am
    • You’re a piece of I hope you burn in hell

      Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 1:33 pm
  • So sad Prayers for the young Lady that hit him and prayers for his family and friends

    Friday, 4 August 2017, 12:25 am
    • I’d be praying for the family that lost a son, brother, husband, father or grandchild. That young woman is still alive, while that boy lost his life. No one knows if she was texting while driving, which is one of the biggest causes of accidents. Drivers are supposed to have control of their vehicles at all times! It’s the law.

      Monday, 7 August 2017, 6:31 am
  • Why 1 hour later for the blood draw ?

    Thursday, 3 August 2017, 10:53 pm
    • Very good question! The only people who will know this will be the Sheriff’s department, after all it is viewed as a homicide.

      Monday, 7 August 2017, 6:40 am
  • So by looking at the Hernado County Sheriffs data base we had invested alot of money in George. Maybe NOT riding a blcycle on US 50 or US 19 should be a condition of release.

    Thursday, 3 August 2017, 10:44 pm
    • What does this mean?

      Sunday, 6 August 2017, 11:13 am
  • My friend almost hit a guy on bicycle that was riding in middle of commercial way in same area around 12 am 1 week ago

    Thursday, 3 August 2017, 6:17 pm
    • Thankfully your friend was paying attention and had control of her vehicle! That’s what defensive driving is all about.The standard Safe Practices for Motor Vehicle Operations, ANSI/ASSE Z15.1, defines defensive driving skills as “driving to save lives, time, and money, in spite of the conditions around you and the actions of others.” This definition is taken from the National Safety Council’s Defensive Driving Course.

      Monday, 7 August 2017, 6:45 am
  • The guy on the bicycle was riding in the middle of the road. He went through the windshield. Feel sorry for that lady in the car.

    Thursday, 3 August 2017, 5:04 pm
    • He was crossing the intersection.

      Thursday, 3 August 2017, 5:29 pm

    Thursday, 3 August 2017, 4:15 pm
  • Tom, any chance you could follow up on that comment about drawing blood being standard practice? I would be curious to know under what circumstances the police believe they can do that. Also, if it is a consistent standard across the departments your reading/viewing area?

    Thursday, 3 August 2017, 12:14 pm
    • Standard procedure anytime an accident involves death,it’s the law.Chortle.

      Thursday, 3 August 2017, 4:16 pm
      • Not quite. Statue 316.1933 states “probable cause to believe that a motor vehicle driven by or in the actual physical control of a person under the influence of alcoholic beverages, any chemical substances, or any controlled substances “.

        The article states that the police: “do not suspect impairment”. So where is the probable cause if no suspicion?

        Thursday, 3 August 2017, 6:52 pm
        • Because it resulted in a death Sophia, that plain and simple!

          Monday, 7 August 2017, 6:38 am
  • Place was a mess till 7am

    Thursday, 3 August 2017, 12:06 pm

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