Cycling advocate in hospital after being hit by car

- Alan Snel, a longtime bicycle advocate in Tampa, is recovering after being hit by a car in St. Lucie County Tuesday morning.

Deputies say the vehicle hit him from behind. He's still in the hospital with what's described as a back injury.

"If he can get hit, as careful as he is, anyone can get hit," said Doug Jesseph, a fellow member of the Seminole Heights Bicycle Club.

"As his friend and someone who knew him for a long time, I'm worried about him," said Doreen Jesseph, also a club member. 

Florida is routinely considered one of, if not the most dangerous states to bike in.

"A statistic worth knowing is you're more likely to be hurt riding a bike in Florida than you are in Iraq so we've got a long way to go," said Doug Jesseph.

That's something Snel was working hard on.

"Alan is a big part of the reason there are more bicycle lanes in Tampa today," Dorren Jesseph said.

Deputies say no charges have been filed yet.  A full report is expected in 60 days. 

Up Next:

Up Next

  • Cycling advocate in hospital after being hit by car
  • Tampa police seek help identifying body
  • 12-year-old boy charged with burglarizing school
  • Missing teen's family begs public: Please bring him back home
  • Stan Lee appearing at MegaCon Tampa Bay to raise money for Irma victims
  • Firefighter hits power lines, suffers burns while paragliding in St. Pete
  • Deputies need help identifying skimmer suspects
  • Woman allegedly tries to deposit fake check, leaves behind ID
  • Governor Scott to propose $50-million for opioid fight
  • McDonald's offering free meals on First Responders Appreciation Day