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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Villager on bicycle dies as result of crashing into tractor on Morse Boulevard

A Villager who had been riding a bicycle has died after being dragged by a Down to Earth tractor during a crash Tuesday morning on Morse Boulevard.

Janice Lynn Card, 71, of the Village of Chatham, was airlifted to Ocala Regional Medical Center as a result of the crash which occurred at 9:15 a.m. at the intersection of Morse Boulevard and Martinez Drive, according to an accident report from the Florida Highway Patrol. She died later in the day at OCRM.

The seat of the bicycle was in the roadway after separating from the bicycle in the collision.

She had been traveling west on Martinez Drive near the entrance to the Village of Rio Ranchero when she was struck by the loader bucket of a Kubota tractor driven by 49-year-old Jon Phillip Brunson of Summerfield.

Card was pushed over and fell under the bucket. She was “dragged a short distance and possibly ran over by one of the wheel/tires” before the landscaping employee could stop, the FHP investigator wrote in the accident report. She had been wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

The Florida Highway Patrol was called in to investigation the crash involving a bicycle and a tractor.

The report noted she had failed to yield the right of way to the tractor.

She had been riding a Trek Composite 2200 bicycle.

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