James Bonner, 75, on a Huffy bicycle was traveling west on SR 80 in the inside lane approaching Florida Street in LaBelle, in the center turn lane of SR 80 and entered into the inside westbound lane directly into the path of a 2005 Toyota Tundra about 6:42 p.m. Saturday, December 24.
The driver,Todd Michael Lackey, 39 or Cape Coral took evasive action and steered right, but was unable to avoid the bicycle. The left front of the truck struck the bicycle, and the rider of was thrown off and landed on the roadway.
The bike was not equipped with the front and rear lamps required to be operated on the roadway after sunset and an investigation is underway to determine alcohol use by Bonner. He suffered critical injuries and was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital.
The truck driver and passenger had no injuries.