A bicyclist is dead after a truck veered onto the shoulder on Navarre Parkway hitting the bike and killing the rider instantly.
Lawrence F. Anderson, 73, of Conroe, Texas, was riding his bike westbound on Highway 98, just across the street from the Santa Rosa Sound RV Resort, at about 10 a.m. Wednesday. Arian James, 38, of Navarre, who was driving a Chevrolet Avalanche, drifted out of the westbound lane and onto the shoulder, according to a press release from the Florida Highway Department. James hit Anderson, causing his bike to overturn. Police said he drove over Anderson, across the 87 southbound exit ramp, through a drainage ditch and in to the tall grass that separates the drainage ditch from the tree line, where he hit a tree before coming to a stop.
James was transported to Baptist Hospital in Gulf Breeze with minor injuries, according to a press release from the Florida Highway Department.