CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A bicyclist suffered serious injuries during a crash involving a pickup truck in the area of El Dorado Parkway W. and SW 5th Avenue at around 5:15 p.m. yesterday.
John Steakley, the bicyclist, was air lifted to Lee Memorial Hospital. According to Cape Coral Police , Steakley’s injuries were serious, but not life-threatening.
Joseph Murphy, driver of the truck, told officers he had backed out of his driveway, continued in reverse on El Dorado Parkway West, and backed on to SW 5th Avenue were he came to a stop. Murphy said he saw Steakley riding his bike eastbound, when suddenly, the biker struck the right rear side of his vehicle.
Steakley, on the other hand, told police he noticed Murphy back out of his driveway and believed the driver would drive forward away (eastbound). Murphy instead continued reversing, causing Steakley to make an emergency maneuver to the right.
Due to the conflicting stories and no witnesses on the scene, the investigation continues.