Sunday, May 04, 2014

James Chelius Dies In Bicycle Crash

FORT MYERS, FL. -- James Chelius, age 61 of Fort Myers died today as a result of injuries sustained while on a bicycle ride at 11:15 a.m. on Daniels Parkway.

A 2004 Volvo driven by Denny Rager, 40 of Fort Myers was westbound in the center through lane of CR-876 (Daniels Pkwy.) approaching Cross Creek Blvd.  as Chelius was westbound on a bicycle in the right turn lane of CR-876 approaching Cross Creek Blvd. 

Chelius began to travel in a southwesterly direction across westbound CR-876 failing to yield to right of way same direction traffic. Subsequently, the Volvo struck the rear of the bicycle. Chelius' bicycle came to final rest facing slightly southeast in the center through lane of CR-876. 

The bicycle continued west before coming to final rest facing slightly southwest in the center through lane just east of the intersection of CR-876 and Cross Creek Blvd. The Volvo came to a controlled stop facing west in the inside through lane of CR-876.
Charges are pending conclusion of the crash investigation. Chelius was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital.

Chelius was wearing a bicycle helmet at the time of the incident according to FHP Trooper K. Viveiros and Homicide Investigator Cpl A. Close.


  1. Anonymous1:13 PM

    Very tragic news. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and business colleagues.

  2. Anonymous2:15 PM

    So terribly sad to hear such tragic news. He was a gentleman. RIP