82-Year-Old Tamarac Cyclist Killed in Collision With Van
Another day, another bicyclist is a victim of getting hit by a car.
On Monday morning, Oscar Aleman, an 82-year-old father and grandfather of 19, was riding his bike on McNab Road and NW 70th Avenue when he collided with what police describe as a 2004 Chevrolet Express.
Aleman was treated at the scene by Tamarac Fire Rescue and Broward Sheriff's Office Fire Rescue before being airlifted to Broward Health Medical Center.
Aleman died shortly after arriving at the hospital.
According to BSO, Aleman was riding his bicycle southbound across McNab when he was hit by the van, driven by Serge Gharakhanian, 45, of Coral Springs.
Gharakhanian had been driving eastbound on McNab Road.
The accident is the latest in a string of what seems to be an on-going problem in Broward County.
Recently, the Senate approved legislation that would lay out harsher punishments for hit-and-run suspects
According to Florida statistics, it's gotten more and more likely that a driver will take off after hitting a cyclist. There were a reported 70,000 hit-and-run accidents in 2012 alone.
Last month, Fort Lauderdale resident Daniel G. Mocker was riding his bike when he was run down by a 2007 GMC SUV in the 5100 block of North Federal Highway, according to police.
A witness driving behind the driver of the SUV, 23-year-old Andrew Goldman, told police that Goldman struck Mocker and that the victim fell off the hood of the SUV before falling onto the road. Goldman, the witness says, kept driving.
Meanwhile, the trial of Axel Inostroza, a man who allegedly ran over a cyclist before dumping him in the woods, is set to start soon.
Aleman, who was a native of Cuba, had seven children with his wife and a total of 19 grandchildren.
Aleman's wife told CBS Miami that her husband was an avid cyclist who frequently rode his bike around Tamarac.
"Every day, he rode two to three times," she said.
Gharakhanian has not been charged. BSO traffic homicide detectives are investigating the crash.