MERRITT ISLAND, Florida -- The Florida Highway Patrol is reporting that 44-year-old Colin P. Bateman of Cocoa, Florida died as a result of the injuries he sustained after being hit by an SUV while riding his bicycle in north Merritt Island, Florida, near the Kennedy Space Center gate.
FHP says that around 8:40 a.m. this morning, Bateman was riding his bicycle northbound on State Road 3 in the outside lane. Meanwhile, 46-year-old Yvonne M. Price of Orlando, Florida was driving a 2004 Honda CRV northbound on State Road 3 some distance behind Bateman.
According to FHP, Price had looked to her left for a moment to check a vehicle she was passing and did not observe how rapidly she was gaining on Bateman. Before Price had turned to look forward again, the Honda CRV collided the right side of the bicycle.
FHP says that alcohol was not a factor in the accident.
Charges are pending an investigation.