Molino Man Fined, License Suspended For Bicyclist’s Death
February 18, 2011
A Molino man’s driver’s license has been suspended and he has been fined in connection with the death of cross country bicyclist last year.
Eddie Hogg, 41, pleaded no contest and was subsequently found guilty on a careless driving charge. He had his driver’s license suspended for six months and was fined $1,160 by Judge Thomas Welch on the civil citation.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Roger W. Grooters, 66, of Gulf Breeze was riding his bicycle on the shoulder of State Road 20 in Bay County about 8:55 a.m. October 6, 2010. Hogg, 41, of Molino, traveled onto the shoulder of the roadway in his 2006 Chevrolet pickup where he hit the bicyclist, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Grooters was ejected from the bicycle and came to rest on the shoulder of the road where he was pronounced dead by Washington County EMS. He was on the final leg of a bicycle journey from Oceanside, California, to Jacksonville, Florida, to raise awareness of the plight of oil spill victims.