Another Cyclist Struck in Key West; Airlifted to Miami

A Key West man is in critical but stable condition after the bicycle he was riding collided with a van. Edgardo Alvarado Vazquez, 55, was flown out to Ryder Trauma Center. The incident occurred around 11 p.m. Friday at the intersection of South Roosevelt and Duck Avenue. Early indications are that a Chevy cargo van headed outbound hit the cyclist. The van was driven by Luis Betancourt, 51, of Stock Island. The outbound lanes of South Roosevelt were closed while the crash was being investigated.

Friday night’s crash occurred just three days after a fatal cyclist accident on N. Roosevelt Blvd., and 10 days after another bicyclist died in a crash on Whitehead St. in Old Town.

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The KWPD says increased traffic congestion, coupled with other factors like distracted drivers or riders has spiked the number of crashes recently involving bicycles and vehicles. The Key West Police Department has enacted a new campaign to increase education and enforcement in the most dangerous areas: along the boulevards. With the help of a grant by the Florida Department of Transportation, increased numbers of officers are on the roads watching that everyone – motorists, cyclists and pedestrians – are alert and obeying traffic laws. These recent tragedies are a stark reminder to slow down and be alert.

See related stories: Bicyclist Dies in North Roosevelt crash [Video News].

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Amber Nolan
Amber Nolan is a restless travel writer who calls Key West home. Her work has appeared on USA Today,, Cruise Critic, Frommers, and several other travel publications. Amber’s most unusual project involved hitchhiking on small airplanes to 49 states, during which time she spent two years on the road, or rather, “on the skyways.” She is currently working on a book that documents the unusual journey and provides insight into the aviation community. Before getting into travel writing, Amber worked for an activist, investigative newspaper in London, so joining forces with the Blue Paper allows her to go back to her muckraking roots. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism.

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