LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The driver involved in an April traffic accident that led to the death of an 83-year-old bicyclist was cited Wednesday in Manatee County Traffic Court and will lose her driver's license for six months.
Lindsay Damery, 22, also faces a civil lawsuit following the death of Donald Mader.
Damery, a Lakewood Ranch resident, failed to stop at a red light at Parkside Place and Lakewood Ranch Boulevard on the morning of April 4, Florida Highway Patrol investigators said, severely injuring Mader, who was bicycling through a crosswalk with his wife, Joyce.
Mader, a longtime Lakewood Ranch resident, died shortly afterward at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton.
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Mader's 81-year-old wife suffered only minor injuries while bicycling behind her husband and managed to avoid being hit by Damery's car.
Damery was fined $1,000, ordered to take 12 hours of driving school and will pay $101 in court costs. She will not receive points against her license.
Damery was sued last month in Manatee County Circuit Court by Mader's widow, who is the personal representative for the estate and survivors of her husband, their grown son and daughter. The suit seeks a jury trial for damages against Damery for mental suffering and medical and burial costs.
Damery struck another car that morning as she continued southbound through the intersection. She, three passengers in her car and the driver of the stricken vehicle all escaped injury.
A three-month homicide investigation conducted by FHP into the accident is closed with no criminal charges filed.
Damery has received several traffic citations, court records show.
Kathryn Moschella, Lakewood Ranch reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7010. Follow her on Twitter@MoschellaHerald.