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Bicyclist on a Mission Killed in Panama City Truck Accident

Posted on October 15, 2010

Roger Grooters, 66, of Gulf Breeze, Florida wanted to help the victims of this year’s BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, so he decided a cross-country bike ride would raise awareness and funds. On Wednesday morning, October, 6, he was struck by a truck being driven by Eddie Hogg, 41 of Molino, just outside of Panama City according to News4Jax.com. Grooters began his mission on September 10 in Oceanside, California, and was just days short of completing his 3,200-mile trip.

In lieu of flowers, his family is asking people to support Roger’;s mission by making a donation to assist victims of the Gulf Coast oil spill.

Our sincere condolences are extended to the family and friends of this man who was trying to make a difference.

Mr. Grooters’ family would be well-advised to be assisted in the investigation into this tragic Florida bicycle accident by an experienced Florida personal injury attorney. A team of investigators will need to reconstruct the scene and take measurements to try and calculate the speed of the truck involved. If the vehicle was a big-rig, the black box data recorder will need to be included in the investigation to determine whether Mr. Hogg complied with rules regarding the limit on hours behind the wheel. Only when the outstanding questions are answered in this fatal bicycle accident can the at-fault party be held responsible for the wrongful death of this bicyclist.