Florence cyclist killed after being struck by elderly driver

This was discovered only after adot data was released; searching google by location…

Incident 7/25/2013; victim: Frank Elliot, 71 Driver: Freddie Sprinkles, 83.  Adamsville Road, Florence. Rear-end collision. The driver said “he did not see” the bicyclist. This is a narrow rural country two lane road.

Citations against the driver, which were dismissed pending criminal investigation were Case Number: TR-20130520  ST OF AZ VS SPRINKLES FREDDIE Court: Florence Municipal  NO VALID LICENSE and MOTOR VEH OVERTAKNG BICYCLE. The county attorney apparently (at least it wasn’t reported on) did not file any criminal charges. It appears, though, the Florence police did not follow up and re-file the citations; which they should have. No License!?

Investigation continues after cyclist’s death

Posted: Saturday, August 3, 2013 10:44 am
FLORENCE — A bicyclist hit by a pickup last week has died, and the collision remains under investigation for possible criminal charges.
Frank Elliot, 71, of Santa Cruz, Calif., died July 31 after the accident on July 25, police said.
The driver who allegedly hit him, Freddie Sprinkles, 83, of Florence, initially was cited for driving without a license and failing to yield the right of way to a bicycle. Those charges were withdrawn after Elliot died. The matter is now being forwarded to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office for review, police said.
About 10:30 a.m. on July 25, Florence officers and EMS responded to the collision on Adamsville Road near the landfill. Officers found Elliot lying near his bicycle with injuries.
Elliot told an officer he only remembered being hit from behind by the truck and stated he was riding near the white line on the edge of the road. Elliot sustained numerous injuries, including head trauma and various broken bones. He was wearing a bicycle helmet. He was flown to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center.
Sprinkles was driving a 2001 GMC Sierra pickup. He said he was westbound on Adamsville Road at about 45 mph and that he did not see the man on the bicycle, police said.