[UPDATE] Bike Community Remembers Bicyclist Killed on Tram Rd.

By: Julie Montanaro; Eyewitness News Email
By: Julie Montanaro; Eyewitness News Email

UPDATE 7-20-2011

A father of two died on Tram Road when a car collided with his bicycle.

A group of avid cyclist gather every Wednesday for an evening speed ride. As they pedaled away, some spoke of fellow bicyclist, David Baton who will never join the group again.

42-year-old, Baton died Tuesday (7/19) when a car collided with his bike on Tram Road.

Austin Hofmeister, a local bicyclist said, "It's one of those roads people go quiet fast on. You can ask anybody that rides a bicycle on the road and they'll all tell you they have their close calls with traffic."

A Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute report shows 630 bicyclist died on U.S. roads in 2009. 107 of those in Florida. Some bicyclists say it's both drivers and riders that share the responsibility and should be sharing the road.

Rider Alex Spook said, "It's no different then a car accident in my mind. I mean, it's just as prone to happen. It just happens less often because there are less people riding their bikes on busy roads."

"It definitely makes you think about it when you ride. Especially riding by yourself because you're always looking over your shoulder, always checking. It's more dangerous these days with people texting while they're driving, so you always have that in the back of your mind." said Hofmeister

"I try not to think about it but I know that it happens. You've just got to take a risk." added biker Graham Gillis.

UPDATE 7-19-2011

Tallahassee, FL - At approximately 10:33 a.m. on July 19, 2011, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office responded to a traffic crash on Tram Road east of Four Oaks Boulevard. When deputies and traffic homicide investigators arrived, they learned that 24 year old Delana Buzbee was driving her 2003 Honda west bound on Tram Road approximately one mile east of Four Oaks Boulevard. The vehicle was also occupied by Buzbee’s juvenile child.

David Baton, 42, and his juvenile son were both riding bicycles west bound on Tram Road as well. Buzbee’s Honda struck both bicycles. David Baton died on the scene. The juvenile cyclist was taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and was listed in stable condition.

An autopsy is scheduled on July 20, 2011 for David Baton. This investigation is continuing.


UPDATED July 19, 2011 3;20pm by Julie Montanaro

Deputies say a man and his young son were riding their bicycles on Tram Road when they were hit by a car. The father was killed.

The son is hospitalized and we do not yet know either of their names.

LCSO Spokesman says both were struck in the westbound lanes of Tram Road, just west of the City Sprayfield gates.

We do not yet have any information about the car or the driver.
[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida - July 19, 2011 - 2:30pm

LCSO has cleared the accident area and is beginning to open the closed section of Tram Road between Four Oaks Boulevard to Saint Joe.

From LCSO:

The Tram Road crash site obstruction has been removed and traffic is flowing normally again. The crash investigation is still continuing and additional details will be made available in the future.


[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida - July 19, 2011 - Noon -

A deadly crash shut down a long stretch of Tram Road in Tallahassee. At about 10:30am on July 19, there was a deadly crash right near the city spray field.

Deputies tell us it involved a car and a bicycle and deputies tell us the bicyclist is dead. Tram Road is closed from Four Oaks Boulevard to Saint Joe and will be for several hours as deputies investigate the crash. We do not have any further information about the motorist or the bicyclist. We have not yet been allowed back to the crash scene.


Tallahassee, Florida - July 19, 2011 - 11:10am -

Eyewitness News is at the scene of a fatal crash on Tram Road near the City of Tallahassee spray fields. The crash involved a car and a bicycle. The bicyclist was killed. Tram Road is closed at this time from Four Oaks to the west and St. Joe to the east. The Leon County Sheriff's Office says that the road will be closed for several hours.

LCSO Release:

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a traffic crash on Tram Road. The scene is east of Four Oaks Boulevard on Tram Road and does involve a fatality. Due to the investigation, traffic has been re-routed. Deputies are diverting traffic on Tram Road between Four Oaks Boulevard and St. Joe Road.

Motorists should avoid this area as the roadway will be obstructed for several hours.

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