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Okeechobee bicyclist dies in 2-vehicle crash

An Okeechobee man died Tuesday morning after he became entangled on his bicycle in a two-vehicle crash on State Road 70 at Riverside Road. Bicyclist Joe Sibley, 77, of Okeechobee, was pronounced dead at the scene by fire/rescue personnel, according to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol. Trooper Paul Miller reported that at about 11:05 a.m. Tuesday, a 1994 Mack truck driven by Roderick Nelson, of Okeechobee, and a 2005 Kia Optima, driven by Bradley Narloch, 47, of Evart, Mich., and the bicyclist were all westbound on S.R. 70, the report stated. The bicyclist was riding on the north shoulder of S.R. 70, the report stated.
According to the patrol's preliminary investigation, the Kia slowed to make a left turn. The Mack truck attempted to pass the Kia on the left, but a part of the right front of the truck struck the left of the Kia, the report stated. Nelson took evasive action and traveled onto the south shoulder of S.R. 70, then overcorrected and traveled back across all lanes of traffic and hit the bicyclist, the report stated. The truck and the Kia were each carrying a passenger, according to the report. No other injuries were reported. No charges had been filed by press time.

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