Bicyclist hospitalized after crash

OKEECHOBEE — A local firefighter remains hospitalized after the bicycle he was riding reportedly collided with an automobile in a city intersection.

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Sergeant Mark Wysocky indicated in a press release that Firefighter/paramedic Lieutenant David Kinchen was listed in critical condition in a Fort Pierce hospital.

According to Sgt. Wysocky, a public information officer for FHP, Lt. Kinchen, 48, was rushed to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center immediately after the Monday, Aug. 17, accident.

The FHP press release stated a vehicle driven by Edward Blackwell, 79, was westbound on S.W. Sixth Street in his vehicle while Lt. Kinchen was riding his bicycle southbound on S.W. 11th Avenue around 7 a.m. Monday.

Mr. Blackwell was attempting a left turn into the southbound lane of S.W. 11th Ave., while the Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue firefighter was trying to turn left onto N.W. Sixth Street.

“Both entered the intersection and collided,” stated the release.

The FHP release also stated Lt. Kinchen was not wearing a helmet.

No one has been charged in the incident, added the release.

FHP Trooper Corporal Thomas B. White is the crash investigator.

Bicyclist hit. Special to the Okeechobee News/Lynslee Blackman-Grumbling

Bicyclist hit. Special to the Okeechobee News/Lynslee Blackman-Grumbling

Eric Kopp is a staff writer for the Okeechobee News

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