71.4 F
The Villages
Monday, October 25, 2021

Villages bicyclist seriously injured after hit by Jaguar near Manatee Rec Center

A Villages bicyclist was seriously injured when he was hit by a Jaguar near the Manatee Recreation Center.

Ken Nevers, 61, of the Village of Fenney was bicycling in the multi-modal lane along Hillsborough Trail at 6:50 a.m. Tuesday when the silver 2003 Jaguar struck the rear of his bicycle, according to an accident report from the Florida Highway Patrol. The vehicle fled the scene.

He suffered a broken rib, a separated shoulder, stitches to the forehead and lost a lot of skin. He had been wearing a helmet.

I was on Hillsborough on the far right of the golf cart lane, when I noticed a Jaguar behind me completely in the golf cart lane. The driver accelerated and mowed me down. I was right up against the curb and had no escape. I was told my head bounced off the windshield, splitting my helmet in half, as I rolled off the drivers side hood onto the pavement.  The driver accelerated and never looked back,” he said.

Nevers said he thought the driver might have been texting.

It’s a dog eat dog world out there,” he said.

The Florida license plate number of the Jaguar is NWQG97, the report said.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the FHP by calling (813) 558-1800 or Crime Stoppers at **TIPS.

This is the second hit-and-run crash involving bicyclists in The Villages within a week.

This past Friday, 60-year-old Jessica Laube of the Village of Dunedin, was riding on Morse Boulevard when she was struck by a white Mercedes that fled the scene. The driver was described as a white-haired woman with a cane. Laube suffered brain trauma, even though she had been wearing a high-end, protective helmet. She was taken by ambulance to Ocala Regional Medical Center. She had been riding with her husband, 68-year-old Robert Hunter, who was also injured, but was released from the hospital on the day of the accident.

The FHP continues to search for the white Mercedes, which is believed to have heavy damage to the right side and front windshield.

More Headlines
Stories in and around The Villages, Florida

Headlines
The Villages, Florida

Letters to the Editor
Opinions submitted by residents in and around The Villages

Stop discussing politics at the swimming pools

A Village of Belle Aire resident, in a Letter to the Editor, contends it’s time for residents to stop discussing politics at the swimming pools.

We have a #1 class idiot in the White House

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Summerhill resident argues, “We have a #1 class idiot in the White House.”

Villager grateful for gift she received while golfing

A Village of Amelia resident is grateful for a gift she received while golfing at Sarasota Executive Golf Course. Read her Letter to the Editor.

Are you better off since Biden took office?

A Village of Tamarind Grove resident asks a simple question: Are you better off since Jan. 20, 2021? Read his Letter to the Editor.

Bone spur a legitimate disqualification from service in the military

A Village of Mallory Square resident, in a Letter to the Editor, clarifies that a bone spur is a legitimate disqualification from service in the military.

Photos
The Villages, Florida