Bicyclist hit by bus on Atlantic Boulevard dies

4 students on bus were not injured

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A 30-year-old bicyclist died after being hit by a school bus on Atlantic Boulevard at Sutton Lakes Boulevard on Friday morning.

Traffic homicide detectives with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said the accident happened just after 6 a.m. as two buses were turning left off Atlantic onto Sutton Lakes.

"The first bus proceeded through the first intersection, heard something that they thought was unusual," public information Officer Melissa Bujeda said. "The second bus saw that the first bus had hit a bicyclist."

Police said that the driver of the bus was turning on a green arrow and had the right of way.

Police said Jose Jimenes was riding his bike westbound across Sutton Lakes Boulevard in the crosswalk on the south side of Atlantic when the bus turned left onto Sutton Lakes and struck Jimenes with its front left corner.

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Jill Johnson, of Duval County Public Schools, said the school bus was headed to Atlantic Coast High School when the accident happened. There were four students on the bus at the time, but they were not injured.

After the students were questioned by police, they were either released to their parents or driven to school on another bus.

All lanes of Atlantic Boulevard at Sutton Lakes Boulevard were reopened at 10:50 a.m. after the fatal crash was investigated.

Police said this was the third bicyclist killed in Jacksonville this year, and the 54th fatal traffic crash of 2012. At this time last year, there were 40 traffic fatalities in Duval County.

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