A bicyclist was struck by a tractor trailer Sunday morning on U.S. 27 in Weston, according to Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles.
The fatal accident happened at about 8:30 a.m. when a group of about 300 cyclists were riding north on U.S. 27 about a mile south of Interstate 75.
Jachles said the man, who was wearing a helmet, was airlifted to Broward Health Medical Center with traumatic injuries. He later died.
The tragedy happened as people in accompanying vehicles waved traffic to pass the bicyclists in the slow lane, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
Several riders then collided in a chain reaction and Miguel Aviles, 47, of West Miami-Dade fell in front of a passing truck’s two rear tires. He died at the hospital.
Truck driver Eddie Da Costa, 46, of Miami was not injured. At first, according to BSO, the truck driver was not aware of the incident before being flagged down by another driver, and remained on the scene.
No citations were issued.