Bicyclist killed in Maitland crash was Orlando cardiologist

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An Orlando doctor was killed Monday morning when his bicycle was hit by a vehicle, authorities say.  Maitland police questioned the driver, but it was unclear as of late Monday if the person would face any charges. 

Authorities said the victim was 56-year-old Robert Dalton, cardiologist at Orlando Health.

“We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Dr. Robert Dalton and extend our deepest sympathies to his wife and children as they face this difficult time," read a statement released by the hospital.  "Patients, team members and colleagues were all touched by Dr. Dalton’s professionalism, compassion and kindness. Dr. Dalton was an exceptional physician leader throughout our organization and he will be greatly missed and remembered.”

Dr. Dalton was hit on U.S. Highway 17-92. The incident shut down all southbound lanes for three hours starting at 7 a.m.  

Many in the area blame a lack of bike paths for the accident. John Tassos who rides a bike, but did not know Dalton, said he never rides his bike along 17-92.

“It can be dangerous,” he added.

Others said it’s the new additions to the area that make it dangerous to bike and walk along. Kaley Witenstein said it’s nerve wrecking walking her dog near the roadway.  

“Now that there's other communities popping up, 17-92 has become so much more inflated with traffic. So many more commuters and just overall people flying by on the roads.”

Maitland City Center opened this fall. The city hopes this area will make Maitland a walking community. Too many said it just doesn’t feel safe enough. 

The cause of the accident is still being investigated.