[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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  • by Eric Location: Tallahassee on Aug 2, 2011 at 07:42 AM
    While this is certainly a tragedy I think it could have been avoided. Dave was not practicing safe bicycle riding. He was on a 2 lane road with a posted speed limit of 55. He was also riding in the middle of the road and not hugging the left hand side like he should have been. I agree bicycle riders have a right to share the road they should also proceed with cation and not ride on 2 lane roads where there isn't much room not to mention allot of blind spots because of the hills and the average car going over 60 mph.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 2, 2011 at 07:56 AM in reply to Eric
      Dave and his son were also riding side by side. So from what I saw they were breaking 2 bicycle road laws. -A bicyclist who is not traveling at the same speed of other traffic must ride in a designated bike lane (see Bike Lane Law Explained) or as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway. -Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway shall not ride more than two abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles. Persons riding two abreast shall not impede traffic when traveling at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions existing, and shall ride within a single lane.
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        by karen on Aug 19, 2011 at 08:13 AM in reply to
        Tram is only dangerous when young ladies who aren't paying attention to road come zooming by. She could have hit you in your car...or you broken down on the side of the road. SHE is at fault here. NOT the person who was hit!
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          by cyclist-friendly on Aug 22, 2011 at 01:54 PM in reply to karen
          Amen, Karen. I am sick and disheartened further by all the comments on this thread that blame the cyclist. You put it perfectly!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 31, 2011 at 09:09 AM
    As drivers we seem to forget that we ALWAYS have the option of slowing down (even below the speed limit!) to avoid a collision. Think about it this way, if instead of a cyclist it was a tractor going 20 miles/hour and you couldn't pass safely, would you just hit it?
  • by Citizen on Jul 22, 2011 at 01:57 PM
    Does anyone know when the service will be held?
  • by Kelly Location: Tallahassee on Jul 22, 2011 at 04:43 AM
    Regardless of the posted speed limits, maybe motorists should take into consideration that WE Share The Road and there may be a potential danger ahead so always use caution! Would you travel at high speeds in a residential area where children may be playing just because you can??? Doesn't anyone respect HUMAN LIFE anymore? Or, is everyone in such a hurry that compassion is secondary???
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      by ... on Jul 22, 2011 at 11:02 AM in reply to Kelly
      Get back to the facts of the case, this has nothing to do with being in a residential area or speeding. A car will ALWAYS be going faster than a bike, and unfortunately accidents happen.
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        by Jessica on Jul 25, 2011 at 04:26 AM in reply to ...
        It appears that careless driving was a factor! If drivers would just pay attention, I bet there would be less cars hitting cyclists!!!
  • by Fed Up With Drivers in Tally! on Jul 21, 2011 at 08:22 PM
    Apparently it doesn't matter where people ride their bikes in this town! Bikers and pedestrians aren't even safe when crossing the street in a crosswalk! Another accident already?! http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/Bike_vs_Car_Accident_125982028.html GEEZ...PAY ATTENTION DRIVERS!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 21, 2011 at 07:05 PM
    All of you idiots who are arguing if bycylists should be able to bike on the roads, remember there is a 10 year old who watched his dad get killed. No one should be posting negative comments or arguing on this site, they should be praying for his child and the rest of his family! My thoughts and prayers go out to his child and the rest of the family.
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      by Zumi on Jul 22, 2011 at 07:14 AM in reply to
      Thank you for making sense and showing compassion. Regardless of the circumstances and who was more in the right, this is a terrible tragedy and the boy's life is forever changed.
  • by Trey Location: Tallahassee on Jul 21, 2011 at 03:10 PM
    Does anyone REMEMBER that by law bicycle riders are required to ride on the street? I got hit by a car while I was riding on the sidewalk because the driver did not look both ways before she drove without stopping out of restaurant. The cop told me I am suppose to be riding in the street. NO WAY!
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      by Good for you. on Jul 21, 2011 at 08:08 PM in reply to Trey
      You must be the smartest biker in the world. Just because it is legal (riding on the highway) doesn't make it safe. Darwin will skip you.
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        by K on Aug 19, 2011 at 08:10 AM in reply to Good for you.
        Good for you....daaaa....someone has already hit him on the sidewalk!
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      by karen on Aug 19, 2011 at 08:10 AM in reply to Trey
      Trey...obviously riding the wrong way on a sidewalk is dangerous...
  • by john on Jul 21, 2011 at 11:00 AM
    To all the ignorant people commenting on here who think bicycles do not belong on the road, you are moron's please put gun to head and pull trigger.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 21, 2011 at 12:25 PM in reply to john
      Can we hold you responsible for anyone that actually does this?
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        by karen on Aug 19, 2011 at 08:12 AM in reply to
  • by ddd Location: Tally on Jul 21, 2011 at 07:40 AM
    HOFMEISTER: It SHOULD make you think about Riding on SAFER Roads. You stated that you already know that Tram Road is Dangerous, so WHY take the Risk, Life is to short. **** SPOOK: Why anyone would want to Ride a Bike at 10MPH to 20MPH on a Busy Dangerous Road that is marked 45MPH is just plain Stupid. Tallahassee has so many Safer Roads, Bike Lanes and Bike Trails, WHY Risk it on Dangerous Roads.
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      by john on Jul 21, 2011 at 10:58 AM in reply to ddd
      Bicycles have the right to ride on the road, if you don't respect that don't drive. Cyclist w/ CWP!
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        by Jessica on Jul 21, 2011 at 04:06 PM in reply to john
        I agree John!
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        by You guys are funny stupid on Jul 21, 2011 at 08:09 PM in reply to john
        So, you going to pull that gun as the car rear ends you doing 50? Ok... Herp derp.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 21, 2011 at 12:24 PM in reply to ddd
      "It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door". We do dangerous and risky things each day, and yet you think you can tell me that that I shouldn't do something because the risk is too high? Just because you decide that the risk is too high for you, don't make the mistake of thinking that the risk is too high for everybody. If that was the case, we would have been dead a long time ago from starvation and fear of leaving out cave.
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        by J on Jul 21, 2011 at 05:30 PM in reply to
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      by karen on Aug 19, 2011 at 08:14 AM in reply to ddd
      Exactly!!! 10 second max delay. We know you gas burners are important but..... not that important.
  • by anonymous on Jul 21, 2011 at 07:22 AM
    Adrienne - you may have the right to ride anywhere you want because the law says you can, but use common sense. Unless you have no other way to get from point A to point B, use something else. And stay off those freaking canopy roads. They are more dangerous than highways because there is nowhere to go but over you! I suddenly came over a rise on Miccosukee Rd one day, going the speed limit. Suddenly on the left of me was an ambulance - BIG AMBULANCE - and in front of me were 2 bicycles. To the right of me was a deep ditch and trees. CANOPY ROADS ARE DANGEROUS. I asked the city/county commissioners to please just dedicate a canopy road for all you nature lovers, but they said NO! You go talk to them, I'm tired of trying to save your lives.
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      by DTH on Jul 21, 2011 at 07:41 AM in reply to anonymous
      AMEN to that.
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      by john on Jul 21, 2011 at 10:59 AM in reply to anonymous
      Common sense says drive carefully or you may end someone's life, don't be a ignorant moron.
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        by J on Jul 21, 2011 at 05:31 PM in reply to john
        Yeah, don't blame the ambulance or cyclists for your failure to drive safely.
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        by Anonymous on Jul 22, 2011 at 11:10 AM in reply to john
        How is it a failure to drive safely if the driver is going the speed limit and paying attention? Should we all creep around corners and come to a complete stop on hill crests to prevent hitting something on the other side?! Hell no. Get yourself and your bike on a safe road, or try your luck. Your choice
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          by karen on Aug 19, 2011 at 08:18 AM in reply to
          again....you are an idiot!
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      by Jessica on Jul 21, 2011 at 04:17 PM in reply to anonymous
      Okay, so you want bikers to stay off dangerous roads to accomodate careless drivers. How about drivers start driving more carefully and use caution when approaching a cyclist. Before my husband started riding, I was one of those people that did not understand cyclists riding down roads like Timberlane. BUT, as I approached them, I used caution and only passed when it was safe to do so. It's not that hard to avoid hitting a cyclist ya know!
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      by karen on Aug 19, 2011 at 08:17 AM in reply to anonymous
      And your brake pedal didn't work because why? Were you on your way to church and didn't want to be delayed? If there was a cow or tractor in the middle of the road would you have slowed down and gone to talk to your commissioners... I think you are an idiot!
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