13-year-old Poinciana boy killed while riding his bicycle
On August 26, 2021, at approximately 7:35 p.m., deputies responded to a report of a vehicle crash involving a car and bicycle on Tiger Road, just north of the intersection of Dromedary Court in Poinciana. Polk County Deputies and Polk County Fire Rescue responded to render aid, however the bicycle rider, 13-year-old Brandon Klauder of Poinciana, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Evidence at the scene and the witness statements show that Brandon was riding his bicycle traveling south on the west side of Tiger Road before crossing Tiger Road towards the east side. A black, 2020 Hyundai Elantra was traveling north on Tiger Road, and struck the bicycle in the northbound lane. The collision caused Brandon to be knocked off his bicycle and he came to rest on the east shoulder of Tiger Road. The bicycle also came to rest on the east shoulder of Tiger Road, approximately 50 feet north.
Tiger Road is a 2 lane north/south roadway in a residential neighborhood. The speed limit in the area of the crash is 25 MPH. It was dusk at the time of the crash, and the weather at the time of the crash was clear.
Brandon was a student at Lake Marion Creek Middle School.
During the crash investigation, Tiger Road was closed between Caribou Court and Dromedary Court, and traffic was rerouted around the scene of the crash—the road was closed in both directions for approximately 4 hours.
Deputies evaluated the driver of the Elantra, 25-year-old Victoria Ortiz of Kissimmee, and there were no indications of impairment. There were no other injuries in the crash. The crash is currently under investigation.
Sheriff Grady Judd will brief the media on this PCSO investigation at 11:15 a.m. this morning at the Sheriff’s Operations Center, 1891 Jim Keene Blvd., Winter Haven
On August 6, 2021, at approximately 1:50 a.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Billingsley Road near Sunridge Lane in Waldorf for the report of a motor vehicle crash.
A preliminary investigation showed the victim, age 17, was operating a motorized scooter, which did not have operating lights, in the travel portion of Billingsley Road. He was accompanied by his two brothers, also age 17. The siblings were operating a motorized scooter and a bicycle on the roadway.
The victim, who was wearing dark clothing, was in the slow lane of Billingsley Road and his siblings were in a turn lane. The victim’s brothers saw an oncoming car and tried to warn their brother, but he was wearing earphones and did not hear them.
As the victim continued riding eastbound on Billingsley, he was struck by the vehicle.
The driver immediately stopped and rendered aid until emergency workers arrived.
The victim was transported to a hospital with critical injuries.
Anyone with additional information should contact PFC D. Walker at 301-609-3251. The investigation is continuing.
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CINCINNATI — Police were searching Friday for the driver who hit and killed a Cincinnati grandfather earlier that morning before fleeing the scene. The man’s family is pleading with the driver to come forward.
Investigators said a blue Acura or Honda hit Gerard Crumpley, 61, around 4:30 a.m. on Joseph Street in Bond Hill. He was at the edge of his driveway with a bicycle, family members said. It was unclear by Friday afternoon if he was riding the bike or standing with it.
“The bike was stuck under their car,” said Crumpley’s brother, Greg Crumpley. “The front tire was here with him. They had to get out and take it from out of the car and throw it.”
Crumpley’s family was working to help gather surveillance video from homes nearby.
Tanya Green said she was walking past and saw her childhood friend on the ground outside his home. She said a neighbor had already called 911.
“He opened his eyes, and I told him just hold on they’re on the way,” Green said. “They on they way. Because she said she had called 10 minutes before I got here, but it even took 10 more minutes for them to get here. But, I was holding his hand. And then, he just drifted on again, but I was right there. He didn’t die by himself.”
He lived at the home with his brother, Greg. Family members said the two helped take care of their mother there.
“She has dementia,” said Greg. “She’s going to ask me a million times, ‘What happened? Where’s he at?’.”
Crumpley was a father of two, grandfather of seven with three great-grandchildren and three surviving siblings.
“Everybody around here knew him because he was … Mr. Fix-It,” said Greg. “Everything everybody needed, he did it.”
The family said they want the city to install speed bumps on Joseph Street to protect others.
“They put them on the next street, but they never got here,” said Greg Crumpley.
Police said if you see a blue Honda or Acura with front-end damage, that could be the car involved in this crash.
I know we are in a pandemic. So, let’s teach a child how to ride a bike! You can do it safely at or near your home with nobody around.
Bike riding is important, too, a veritable rite of passage for children and parents alike. The child moves light years ahead in mobility and independence. The parent no longer has to push the child around in a stroller or drag or coax them as they amble along. Instead, parent and child can now ride together as equals, side by side, and for long distances in a reasonable amount of time.
And to top it off, you can teach them in about 15 minutes with this method.
The old-fashioned method
Here is what bike-riding teachers have done for time immemorial: Get the child up on the seat of the two-wheeler, his or her hands on the handlebars, feet on the pedals, and then you hold onto the seat so the child doesn’t tip over immediately. Then you walk alongside while telling the child to turn the handlebars a little left and right to keep the bike upright and going straight.
At some point you take the leap of faith, give the bike a little push, let go of the seat and holler at the child to pedal and steer, somehow thinking that divine intervention will keep the kid upright. Of course, God does not intervene, and the poor child falls over and gets skinned up and cries.
So, what do you do but try again with the same method? You give the child another push and pick the boy or girl up crying again, and you do it repeatedly maybe over a period of days.
What really goes into riding a bike
The essential element of bike riding is balance. Therefore, balance should be taught first before ever thinking of feet on the pedals and pedaling.
To teach balance, find an extended, gradual downward slope, I mean, just a little more than being flat. It could be your driveway, a nearby parking lot or even a fairway on a golf course with nobody around in the evening and the grass cut short enough that the bike can roll through without pedaling. The main thing is to reduce the fear of going too fast or of falling.
Now, put the seat down all the way and have the child sit on the bike with his or her feet touching the ground on both sides of the bike. The instruction, then, to the child is as follows: “Give the bike a little push with both feet and see how far you can go with your feet off the ground. If you start to fall to one side or the other, just put your foot down momentarily to catch yourself, and then go back to trying to keep both feet off the ground.”
With the assurance that they can always put their feet down to catch themselves, they can try coasting without fear of
For many years, reports in the literature have implicated bicycle riding as causing increased risk of erectile dysfunction (ED). Perineal compression during cycling has been associated with the development of sexual complications.
To review current literature on the rationale for ED from bicycle riding and outcome of bicycle riding on erectile function and to present available research on preventative measures specifically regarding bicycle riding.
A systematic comprehensive literature review.
There is a significant relationship between cycling-induced perineal compression leading to vascular, endothelial, and neurogenic dysfunction in men and the development of ED. Research on female bicyclists is very limited but indicates the same impairment as in male bicyclists. Preventative measures including use of a properly fitted bicycle, a riding style with a suitable seat position and an appropriate bicycle seat can help prevent impairment of erectile function.
There is a need for further research on safe bicycle and bicycle seat design and investigations that address the underlying mechanisms leading to cycling-related sexual dysfunction in both male and female bicyclists.
Some are hesitant to use public transportation during the coronavirus outbreak. Here’s what transportation officials are doing to help reduce risk.
DENVER – Sisters Trinity and Kiki Williams looked around the crowded bus stop as the #15 bus rumbled down Colfax Avenue toward them.
The bus looked to be about half full, the driver wearing a bandanna stretched across his nose and mouth to comply with government recommendations intended to help slow the spread of coronavirus. But among the awaiting passengers, only one wore a face covering.
“I’m damn nervous,” said Kiki Williams, 19. “There’s too many of us.”
For protection, the women, who are African American, wore blue rubber gloves but no masks. “We forgot them at home,” said Trinity Williams, 18.
Like millions of Americans, the Williams sisters depend on public transit at a time when health officials have told Americans to stay 6 feet apart and recommended that they wear face masks in public.
“It’s the only transportation we’ve got right now,” said Trinity Williams, whose car broke down and won’t be repaired for weeks.
While transit ridership has dropped dramatically across the country during the coronavirus outbreak, millions of Americans are still riding public buses and trains, putting themselves and anyone they encounter at risk as they commute to work, go to the grocery store, visit the doctor, or, like the Williams sisters, travel to see family.
A passenger loads his bike onto an RTD bus in Denver before boarding during the coronavirus outbreak. (Photo: Trevor Hughes/USA TODAY)
Experts say most of the people who have stopped riding are white-collar workers who can work from home and who tend to be white, leaving many of the country’s poorest workers, who are disproportionately people of color, with no other choice but to pack into a small space designed to carry lots of people. In New York City, at least 41 transit workers have died from coronavirus infections, far more than police officers and firefighters.
“As always, higher-income households have more choices,” said Evelyn Blumenberg, director of the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies and an urban planning professor at the University of California, Los Angeles’ Luskin School of Public Affairswho studies how urban structures affect low-wage workers. “For low-income workers who have to take transit, they’re in a confined place, in close proximity to other people. Their problems are compounded. They have no other option.”
Preliminary data from states such as New York, Colorado and Michigan suggests African Americans and other minorities are dying from coronavirus-related complications at a much higher rate than their white counterparts, in
Do your kids love to ride their bikes, but you are tired of circling around your neighborhood park all the time? Grab your own bike, take the kids and visit some of these beautiful paths that have cool views while you get some exercise.
Boulevard Trolley Line Path
Morris County Length: 2.1 miles
Perfect ride if your kids are into trains, trolleys and you love a little bit of NJ history. It follows the route of a former trolley line that was controlled by the Morris County Traction Company, which began its service in July of 1904. This path is also made of asphalt and concrete, and is free of cars and traffic, which makes it perfect for beginning riders. It is a great trail on a sunny day, since the big trees and mountain laurel keep the path extra shady.
Morris County Length: 35 miles
Looking for a diverse trip? Patriots’ Path has hiking, equestrian, and biking trails. The path ties together parks, recreational facilities, historic sites, and cool points of interest such as The Ford Mansion, and Pocahontas Lake. While biking the entire trail would be too much for your younger ones, doing a bit at a time is great. Make sure to take time out for a picnic, geocaching, or a visit to the recreational center. The surfaces varies between asphalt, ballast, crushed stone, dirt, grass, and gravel, so riding is suitable for all levels.
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Mercer County Length: 6.33 miles
This great bike path has a 6 mile route, but the full D&R Canal Path can take you over 70 miles. If you choose to stick with the park, you can go fishing, boating, canoeing ($13/person), or kayaking ($10/person) in the canal. The historic towpath runs along the main canal from Bakers Basin Road (Trenton) to New Brunswick, and has a natural dirt and grass surface. It was built in 1830 and was used as a way for barges to haul coal from the mining areas of Pennsylvania to New York City. The path is also free of traffic. If you don’t own bikes, Jay’s Cycles is located nearby, which offers bike rentals daily.
Call Princeton for more kayaking and canoeing info: 609-452-2403; Call Jay’s Cycles for Bike Rentals: 609-924-7233
Cooper River Park
Camden County Length: 5.15 miles
This path covers both the north and south shores of Cooper River Lake, and is nestled in the 346-acre Cooper River Park. There are two different paved loops: one 3.8 miles long, and another 1.8 miles long, so you can pick which challenge is better for your group. The park also has areas to picnic along the trail, so bring some food and snacks for a break from riding.
Cape May Shoreline Ride
Cape May County Length: Up to you!
We’re not suggesting taking the whole family on the entire 46.4-mile long loop, but consider tackling part of it if you’re visiting NJ’s southern-most point. The