Skip to comments.Brevard bicyclist killed in crash with turtle
Posted on 11/30/2016 12:28:42 PM PST by Gamecock
The fatal accident was reported about 3:15 a.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Royal Palm Avenue and Sail Drive in Indian Harbour Beach.
Brevard County Fire Rescue crews and investigators were called to the beachside town after the body of David Kervin, 51, was found in the roadway near the motorized bike.
He apparently suffered a head injury and was already deceased when we arrived, said Don Walker, spokesman for Brevard County Fire Rescue. It appeared he hit the turtle. He may have also been hit by another vehicle while lying injured."
Brevard deputies later said there was no evidence another vehicle was involved.
The turtle, described as a box turtle, survived the crash and managed to walk away with a minor injury. It was found nearby with a small crack on the bottom of its shell.
It was not immediately known if Kervin was wearing a helmet. Brevard County sheriff's deputies are conducting a traffic crash investigation. The Medical Examiners Office conducted an autopsy and said his injuries were consistent with accidentally falling from a bicycle.
Traffic investigators said such crashes involving turtles do happen, but they are rare.
"You see these kind of accidents very rarely. It's either a deer or bear when you hear of an animal involved in an accident," said Kim Montes, a spokeswoman with the Florida Highway Patrol.
Montes recalled a crash involving a turtle that was struck while attempting to cross a busy stretch of Interstate 4 in Volusia County.
"Somehow, the driver clipped the turtle at such an angle that it tossed the turtle into the windshield of another car," Montes said. "The troopers got there and pulled it out of the windshield and put it in a nearby body of water. It happens, but it's very rare."
I guess when it is your time to go you are going to go.
Was the turtle wearing a helmet?
Wait, never mind, what am I asking? Of course the turtle was wearing a helmet...
A reptile dysfunction...
Our parents tortoise to be kind to animals.
Do we need to start registering turtles?
Can you imagine his tombstone?
“Cut down in the prime of life by a cold-blooded... turtle.”
Love those box turtles...they’re tough ones.
Glad the turtle is OK. I hate people who run over animals.
Quick, somebody call Chuck Schumer.
Turtle crossing the road.
The newspaper doesn’t know if the guy was 45 or 51.
What is the lesson we can learn from this tragedy?
Years ago, I was out on the road bike when a 6 foot long rattlesnake went across the road RIGHT in front of me. Damn glad I didn’t hit that.
Best comment on the Internet today.
That if you're a hungry drunk pedaling a moped that thing in the road ain't the burger you were looking for?
Killer Box Turtle in Florida ghillie suit, be on the look out.
That the only people putt-putting around on motorized bicycles at 3:15 AM are people who have lost their license for DWI?
Perhaps alcohol was involved?
For how many years have I been warning y’all of the impending Reptile Revolution?
Maybe *now* you’ll listen.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.