Updating Breaking News - 11:45am - 3/31/2016: Christine Cannon (43, of Apopka) charged with DUI.
From The APD Arrest Report - Officers responded to the area of SR 436 (Semoran Boulevard) and Semoran Commerce Place in reference to a vehicle versus a bicyclist crash.
Officers located a green Ford utility vehicle, parked on the shoulder of Semoran Commerce Place, just north of the Semoran Boulevard intersection. People were standing around the vehicle. Officers observed a white female, later identified as the vehicle`s registered owner, Christine Cannon, exit the driver`s seat of the Ford. She claimed that her vehicle ran out of gas. However, with her permission, an Officer was able to start the Ford`s engine by turning the key that was already in the vehicle`s ignition.
Officers located the bicyclist near the Semoran Boulevard / Ulysses Drive intersection. By speaking to the bicyclist, it was determined that the crash occurred in that area. The bicyclist was transported to Florida Hospital Apopka with non-life threatening injuries.
The witnesses at the scene could not advise if the Ford was the one that struck the bicyclist or not. Cannon admitted to seeing the bicyclist and that she tried to drive around him.
It was later reported that the 911-caller confirmed that the Ford was the one that struck the bicycle.
During contact with Cannon, Officers observed her exhibit the following indicators of impairment:
- There was an odor of alcohol impurities on her breath.
- Her eyes were glassy and bloodshot.
- She spoke with a slur.
- She was unsteady on her feet as she walked and stood.
Officers established reasonable suspicion of Cannon being under the influence while in actual physical control of a motor vehicle within the City of Apopka as she was observed occupying the driver's seat of the Ford upon Officer's arrival at the scene.
Upon review of her history, Cannon was adjudicated guilty for DUI in Orange County on 05/23/2001. She is being charged with DUI (2nd offense). Cannon was transported to the Orange County Jail. The Florida Highway Patrol (handling the collision with the bicyclist) also charged Cannon with DUI with serious injury and careless driving earlier.
Updating Breaking News - 7:45am - 3/31/2016
The Florida Highway Patrol released the name of the driver. Christine Cannon was arrested and charged with DUI with serious injury and careless driving.
A man riding a bicycle in the proximity of Ulysses Drive and SR436 in Apopka was struck by a car driven by a person later charged with DUI. The bicyclist was treated at the scene by paramedics and transported to a hospital by ambulance a short time later.
Apopka Police and Fire Departments responded to the call, however the Florida Highway Patrol is handling the case. The name of the bicyclist has not been released.
The Apopka Voice will update this story as details become available.