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Bicycle Accident Kills Florida Veterans Chief

Posted on August 2, 2010

The 75-year-old son of former Florida Governor LeRoy Collins was killed Thursday July 29, while riding his bicycle in South Tampa according to a News4Jax article. LeRoy Collins Jr. was crossing South Hyde Park Avenue at Brorein Street when he was hit by an SUV just before 7 a.m. Collins lived on nearby Davis Island and was known to be an active cyclist and rower.

Collins considered himself a fortunate man.

He had recently celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary, had all four children living within four miles along with eight grandchildren, was able to row 10 miles in an outing and swim 1,000 yards, along with cycling. He got up every morning at 5:30 a.m. to bike to the University of Tampa rowing club.

Police have already ruled the death an accident. No charges will be filed against Margaux Manual, 27, who was behind the wheel of the SUV heading west on Brorein Street. When she made a left turn, she failed to see Collins in the cross walk.

Our sympathies go out to the family of Collins, who was well loved. He was also a retired admiral and still currently employed as the executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs.

Staying at the Scene
Many drivers will leave the scene of a Florida bicycle accident but Manual and a witness, who was from her work, stayed and performed CPR on Collins before EMS arrived. Manuel reported to police that Collins appeared to have a scrape on his knee. It turns out she is an obstetrician/gynecologist resident at the University of South Florida and was on her way to work.

Jacksonville bike accident attorneys attorneys want to remind all Floridians that to leave the scene and not render aid can bring a vehicular homicide charge and up to 30 years in prison.

Accolades are coming in for Collins as an outstanding individual and role model. In his blog he recently wrote:

“Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not.

“Life is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one.”