Georgia man killed while riding his bike in Walton County

By: News Email
By: News Email

An Atlanta, Georgia man was killed Saturday while riding his bike in Walton County.

The Florida Highway Patrol reports 33-year-old Kurt Frankel was riding his bike in the bike lane on Highway 98 around 8:30 Saturday morning.

The FHP says 19-year-old Alexandra Alford of Miramar Beach was driving within the outside lane but somehow hit Frankel on his bike from behind.

Frankel was thrown from his bike and was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital in South Walton County but did not survive his injuries. He was wearing a helmet. Charges in this crash are pending.

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  • by Anonymous on Sep 22, 2011 at 09:07 PM
    This child will forever pay for this regardless of whether she was at fault or not. Shame on you. Have compassion for both families that are suffering from this tragedy.
  • by William Location: Florida on Jul 11, 2011 at 02:24 PM
    Compassion for all involved in such a tragedy is imperative. I personally called the young woman's family to offer support and prayers. Their response, "please pray for the Frankel family, as well." That said it all to me. A life was lost in the accident and another irreparably damaged. Ms. Alford was an honor student in college at Ole Miss, a rising star on the college tennis circuit, as well as recognized in her community for her passion for volunteering to help others. Mr. Frankel equally sounds like a person we should all admire for his educational gifts and kindness. May we all remember both families in our thoughts and prayers. Please withold judgement until all facts are in.
  • by dub Location: fwb on Jul 9, 2011 at 07:57 PM
    i can't fathom why anyone would want to ride a bike along the side of 98. while driving a car it is dangerous enough watching out for other cars. funny thing is, the people driving CARS are the one paying for a majority of the roadways, not the people ridding bikes.
  • by jake Location: pc on Jul 5, 2011 at 09:21 AM
    While this is certainly a great tragedy, let's not be too quick to condemn the driver. I've had bicycle riders swerve right in front of me on several occasions. Since the implementation of the "give 3 feet" rule, I've noted a greater degree of arrogance on the part of many bicycle riders. I think bicycle riders should be required to adhere to the rules of the road just like car drivers. Most bicycle riders run red lights and stop signs and it's rare to ever see them signal a turn or lane change. Most of all I don't think bicycles should be allowed on major highways. It's just too dangerous.
  • by Jason Buxbaum Location: Hobart, IN on Jul 5, 2011 at 06:14 AM
    It's not safe to drive a car on a busy roadway and even more dangerous while being distracted.
  • by John Location: Panama City on Jul 5, 2011 at 04:10 AM
    I would love to ride a bike to save on gas and get some exercise, but too many stories like this is why I never will. I don't know who was "at fault", but someone was not practicing safe, defensive driving of their particular vehicle and now someone is dead. And in an unfortunate coincidence, statistically speaking traffic accidents happen the most often in association with teenagers and people in their 20's.
  • by Greg Location: Knoxville on Jul 4, 2011 at 07:11 PM
  • by Bob Location: Panama City on Jul 4, 2011 at 12:14 PM
    Check the cell phone records of the driver!!!!!
  • by Rob Location: Huntsville AL on Jul 4, 2011 at 12:05 PM
    @string (if that's your real name) What isn't safe is having distracted teenagers driving daddy's Mercedes in the BIKE LANE! The most encouraging phrase in the story is "Charges ... are pending." Let's hope they don't let the driver off, yet again, by dismissing it as "just another tragic accident."
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      by Wendy on Jul 6, 2011 at 07:33 AM in reply to Rob
      WHAT BIKE LANE???? THERE IS NO BIKE LANE!!! Where do you get your information from??? It is still under investigation and was never mentioned that she swerved into his lane and killed him, only stated (from the articles I have read) that she hit him from behind! I understand that a young man's life was lost, however, take into consideration the 19 year old "child" who is dealing with causing the death of another person! If this was your child, would you feel the same way? She will live with this for the rest of her life! And what if it is just that, a "tragic accident"?? INVESTIGATION STILL PENDING!!!!!
  • by Jim Location: Santa Rosa Beach on Jul 4, 2011 at 07:11 AM
    If the cyclist could go the posted speed limit then you could have time to avoid them. But no they arrogantly take up the whole road on many occasions and I have to slam on the brakes not to hit them because they don't care about cars at all. So I'm supposed to cater to someone that doesn't care that I'm driving next to them in a 3000 pound vehicle?
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