Bicyclist without lights or reflective vest struck and killed in Vidor
A 65-year-old man riding a bicycle with no lights and no reflective vest was struck and killed by a driver at about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday on South FM 105 near the Masonic Lodge in Vidor, according to information Police Chief Rod Carroll provided to KFDM reporter Peter Eliopoulos in a live report at 10 p.m..
A new ordinance took effect October 1 in Vidor making it a violation to ride a bicycle without lights or a reflective vest.
The Vidor Police Department released the following statement Wednesday morning:
On Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at approximately 7:46pm, the Vidor Police Department received a call of a bicycle vs automobile accident in the 1000 block of S. Main in Vidor Texas. Responding officers found the bicycle rider in the parking lot of 1010 S. Main. The patient was in critical condition with CPR being initiated by first responders. Officers of Vidor PD, Fire fighters from Orange County ESD #1 and Medics from Acadian Ambulance Service continued to provide life-saving aid. The patient was pronounced deceased on the scene by Justice of the Peace Derry Dunn.
The incident is under investigation. The driver of the vehicle is cooperating. It appears the bicycle did not have any lights or reflectors that were visible from the rear and the area is poorly lit.
The Victim’s name will be released later today in order to allow all family members to be notified.