Thursday August 4, 2022

69-YEAR-OLD MAN KILLED WHILE RIDING HIS BIKE

A man is dead after he was struck by a car while riding his bike on Tuesday morning, according to West Palm Beach Police.

Investigators say Carlos Garcia, 69, was riding his bike on South Dixie Highway when he turned into the path of a Nissan Rogue.

Garcia was transported to St. Mary’s Trauma Center in critical condition, and passed away shortly after midnight on Wednesday.

Investigators said alcohol or impairment was not a factor, and no charges will be filed.

The identity of an injured man at Lee Health has been confirmed as that of a person whose family has been searching for him for more than a week and a missing person’s report had been filed.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN IN HOSPITAL REUNITED WITH FAMILY

Steven Adolphius Edwards, age 41, was brought to Gulf Coast Hospital Medical Center in Fort Myers on July 22, admitted with a head injury, had no identification and was not alert, a hospital news release said.

Tuesday afternoon Missy Freeland, a friend of the family, said Edwards had been positively identified after a Facebook post asking for help identify the unknown man

Pat Dolce, Lee Health communications traffic project manager, confirmed the positive identification of Edwards and said the family was reuniting with him soon.

Facebook comments about Edwards also said his sister, Amanda Leigh Edwards, had recently been killed. She was the bystander victim of a fatal shooting July 11 in Alva. Amanda Edwards was sitting in a car in an Alva driveway and was caught in the crossfire between two men when she was fatally shot.

Family members said they had not seen or talked to Edwards since July 21.

Freeland said the family was told that Edwards might have been the victim of a hit-and-run crash. But that “It hasn’t been confirmed yet,”

In the Lee Health release, the man was described to be in his 40s, 130 pounds and 5-foot-7 with several tattoos. It was the tattoos that cinched his identification.

Dolce said in the release: He was found unconscious on the side of a road in Lehigh Acres. And went on to say that attempts by law enforcement to identify the man by his fingerprints had been unsuccessful.