Deputies: Driver, bicyclist both at fault in fatal crash
21-year-old cited for careless driving; bicyclist shouldn't have been on road
A driver and a bicyclist were both at fault in a fatal crash on Nocatee Parkway in October, according to a report released Thursday from the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.
Jared Bynum, 30, of Jacksonville was riding his bike east three feet into the right-hand lane near the intersection with Crosswater Parkway about 7:30 a.m. Oct. 7 when he was struck by an SUV heading in the same direction, according to the report. He was thrown about 100 feet and died at the scene.
Shannon Brink, the 21-year-old driver of the SUV, was cited for not being careful, according to the report. The report also says Bynum (pictured, below) should not have riding his bike on the road. A sign in the area might have been the only way he would have known that, but the sign didn't go up until after the accident.
According to the report, Brink was approaching the top of the overpass to Crosswater Parkway. Brink said that while she was driving, the sun was in her eyes and she was temporarily blinded. She went to put down the sun visor, and while putting it down hit Bynum.
Even though investigators said there was a smell of alcohol on Brink's breath, her blood was drawn and the results showed there were no alcohol or drugs in her system.
The report also faulted Bynum, saying Nocatee Parkway in the area where the crash occurred is considered a limited access highway in which no bicycles are allowed.
"What the investigator said was the bicyclist was too far into the travel lane," Cmdr. Chuck Mulligan said. "State statue says they needed to be further to the right."
There are questions being raised about when signs were posted prohibiting bikes on the parkway. Deputies have said they've gone up at different times.
One particular sign went up before the accident. Some of the other signs weren't put in place until after.
"The investigators did find additional signage would be helpful for anyone traveling that particular stretch of roadway," Mulligan said, "because there are other parts of that roadway that do not say limited access."
Bynum's family has filed a civil claim with Brink for auto negligence. They're asking for damages in excess of $75,000.
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