Son of Former Florida Governor and Former U.S. Senate Candidate, Admiral LeRoy “Roy” Collins, Jr., Killed in Auto-Bicycle Accident

We wrote in our blog earlier this month that fatal bike/motor vehicle accidents were down 15% in 2009, but that they do still occur. Our statement was unfortunately proven true Thursday morning when the son of former Florida governor, LeRoy Collins, Sr., died as a result of a collision with an SUV in South Tampa, as the St. Petersburg Times is reporting.

The motor vehicle accident occurred at approximately 6 a.m. when Admiral LeRoy  Collins, Jr. was pedaling across a pedestrian crosswalk at Brorein Street and South Hyde Park Avenue. A motor vehicle driven by Margaux Manuel struck Collins when she turned left onto South Hyde Park Avenue after stopping at a red light. Manuel has a driving record that includes at least two citations for failing to obey traffic signs.

Collins, who was two-star Navy Admiral and a former candidate for the U.S. Senate, was well-connected and well-liked in many circles in Florida. Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Alex Sink said of Collins, “Admiral Collins dedicated his life to the protection of our state, country and our veteran community.” Everyone at the Personal Injury Law Firm of Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes send our heart felt condolences to Admiral Collins’ family and friends during this difficult time.

The personal injury attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes have decades of experience representing the families of deceased bike riders such as Admiral Collins. We unfortunately see, time after time, how the inattentive driving of one can destroy the lives of many others. If you or a loved one is involved in a motor vehicle accident caused by an inattentive driver, the personal injury attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes stand read to seek justice for you. WE SEE YOU THROUGH.

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