Late Night Bicyclist Killed On Dark, Rainy Road

Posted on March 8, 2008

No one can figure out why a 42-year-old St. Augustine man was riding his bicycle in the dark and in the rain on U.S. 17 in Putnam County, Florida Friday night.

Thomas Mattox did not have a helmet on and his bike did not have any lights. And he was wearing dark clothing on a night with poor visibility.

That was the scene  when 17-year-old Chantel Sloan of Crescent City, Florida first hit Mattox around 10 pm. 

The Florida Highway Patrol says then a second driver, 30-year-old Tiffany Jackson of Interlachen, Florida also did not see Mattox when she hit and bike and possibly the man before sliding across the road and landing in a ditch.  

Neither woman was injured but Mattox was killed at the scene.

Why he was riding with no visible detection under these conditions will remain a mystery.

Bicycles and cars often don’;t mix even under the best of circumstances when cyclists are being careful. 

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We at Farah & Farah can help during these difficult times. Consult with the professionals in our office if you have any questions about an auto accident. 

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