Bradenton Cyclist Hit, Killed By SUV In Lakewood Ranch

Bradenton Cyclist Hit, And Killed By SUV In Lakewood Ranch

MANATEE COUNTY – Florida Highway Patrol announced a fatal accident today involving a bicyclist and Toyota SUV early Thursday morning.

The crash took place as 34 year old Nicholas Wilson from Bradenton, was riding a bicycle heading south on Lorraine Road just north of the intersection with 59th Avenue East.

As Wilson continued southbound on Lorraine Road, 23 year old motorist Dillon Sypula from Jacksonville Florida was approaching from behind, also on Lorraine Road.

Sypula continued down Lorraine, and at approximately 3:14 AM,  failed to avoid colliding with Wilson.

The right front of the Toyota Rav4 compact SUV struck the rear of the bicycle.

The force of the impact threw Wilson from the bicycle, and he came to a rest on Lorraine Road south of where the bicycle came to a stop.

After striking Wilson, Sypula came to a stop north of a driveway located at 5504 Lorriane Road.

Investigators stated that they discovered skid marks and debris on the roadway. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash and FHP has stated that charges are pending.



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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.