84-year-old driver charged with running red light, killing man on bike in Cleveland

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CLEVELAND-- The FOX 8 I TEAM has learned an 84-year-old driver has been charged with running a red light and killing a man on a bicycle.

It happened Tuesday night at Lake and Clifton in Cleveland.

The first charge has been filed against James Callahan, Jr.

Court records show a 36-year-old man  rode a bike into the intersection with a green light.

Police say Callahan drove into the intersection with a red light.

The victim landed on the hood and windshield, and then was dragged.

Jacob Van Sickle, Executive Director of Bike Cleveland, says it’s part of a disturbing and dangerous trend on the road.

Distracted driving has been increasing, and so have bike accidents.

In Cleveland alone 144 people were injured last year and a total of 238 were hurt in Cuyahoga county.

“It certainly hits close to home,” said Van Sickle, “Our work is about insuring the streets are safe so people can get to where they want to go.”

Bike Cleveland is continuously promoting and encouraging safety, on their website, social media and by posting signs in yards.

However they say they can’t do it alone.  They need motorists' help to save lives. 

“We really urge motorists, when they get behind wheel to pay attention to what you’re doing, because there’s fathers, sons, daughters and mothers out there riding.”

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