|Published:||Jan 20, 2013 5:07 PM EST|
|Updated:||Jan 21, 2013 12:28 AM EST|
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A cyclist participating in the 22nd Tour de Cape was killed after colliding with another rider. Cape Coral Police say just before 10 a.m. Sunday morning, 69-year old James Heneghan was riding behind close friend and fellow cyclist John Pokorny along Beach Parkway West.
Pokorny did not wish to speak on-camera but told WINK News Heneghan lost control when his front tire struck the rear tire of Pokorny's bicycle. Heneghan was thrown from his bike and hit his head. Pokorny says he looked back and saw his friend lying in the road.
"He was on the ground bleeding pretty bad, unconscious," said Cape Coral resident Debbie McBride, "His friend that was with him told me that he just took his helmet off minutes ago because he was overheating."
WINK News did reach out to Tour de Cape event organizers. They did not issue a statement but according to their website;
"A consumer product safety commission (CPSC) approved helmet is mandatory, no exceptions! in Florida, a bicycle is a vehicle and must obey all traffic laws. The tour de Cape is not a race and is not a closed course."
Heneghan was airlifted to Lee Memorial Hospital where he later died from his injuries.
"The race continued to go and then the police were here for a couple hours doing their investigation," said McBride.
Cape Coral Police tell us there were no signs that pointed to impairment of any kind in this crash.