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Accident claims life of local meteorologist

April 8, 2014
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

James Reif, a popular television meteorologist with NBC2, has died of injuries suffered in a bicycle accident that happened Sunday morning in Estero.

According to the preliminary investigation, Reif, 62, was riding alone northbound on the sidewalk along Ben Hill Griffin Parkway.

Reif crossed the entrance to the Miramar Lakes community and was attempting to get to the sidewalk on the other side. Reif struck the curb, causing him to lose control, and then clipped a crosswalk sign with his handlebars.

Reif, who was not wearing a helmet, struck the pavement, suffering a severe head injury, officials said.

A group of bicyclists also riding in the area rushed to his aid and quickly called for help.

Reif was rushed to the hospital, but died from his injuries Monday night.

The investigation shows no sign of alcohol or impairment.

Because the accident occurred on the roadway, the Lee County Sheriff's Office Traffic Homicide Unit assumed the investigation.

Traffic Homicide Investigators are asking anyone that witnessed the accident to call the Lee County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit at (239) 477-1636.

Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office



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