Cyclist Seriously Injured After Being Hit By SUV in Venice

Cyclist Seriously Injured After Being Hit By SUV in Venice

Venice Florida – One person was seriously injured in a bicycle vs SUV crash in Venice Tuesday.  Florida Highway Patrol issued a press release on a crash with injuries in Venice Tuesday.

According to the release, the crash took place as forty year old  Todd Ortlieb, of Venice drove his Jeep Grand Cherokee southbound in the left-hand lane approaching the intersection with Hatchett Creek Road.

At the same time just ahead of Ortlieb and also on southbound Jacaranda, seventy-six year old James Madaus was cycling in the right lane.

At approximately twenty minuets till 9 a.m., Madaus attempted to cross both right lanes of southbound Jacaranda Blvd., and entered the path of the oncoming Jeep Cherokee.

In an effort to avoid a collision, Ortlieb swerved his SUV to the left away from Maduas and onto the median, however the SUV still collided with the cyclist, striking the bicycle from the left side.

Florida Highway Patrol stated that, although Madaus had been wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, he was seriously injured in the collision and was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for medical treatment.


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Education Bernard F. Walsh graduated from the University of South Florida before receiving his law degree from Cumberland School of Law in 1978. During law school, he was selected to serve as a research clerk and intern for a Federal Judge and the U.S. Attorney's Office. He was awarded The National Book Awards for Constitutional Law and Professional Responsibility during law school. Experience Bernard Walsh devoted the next three years to trial work for the State of Florida. This provided him with the opportunity to concentrate on his trial abilities, with numerous high profile trials concerning serious felony crimes. Since 1982, he has exclusively practiced personal injury law and helped accident victims in and beyond Sarasota and Manatee Counties in Florida. Mr. Walsh has been listed in Avvo, an attorney rating site, as Superb. LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell, an attorneys rating publication, has rated Mr. Walsh as very high legal ability and ethical standards. Mr. Walsh is listed in National Trial Lawyers Association as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and was inducted into Southern Trial Lawyers Association. He has also won the largest playground recoveries, one of the top three motorcycle recoveries, and the second largest daycare center recovery in the State of Florida. He is also a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum is a group of attorneys who have achieved career case successes that include multi-million dollar recoveries, settlements and/or verdicts.