Mother of teen bicyclist hit, killed by car: 'He was only 14'

By Chris Hopper, Reporter
Last Updated: Friday, July 29, 2011

The mother of a 14-year-old bicyclist who was killed after being struck by a vehicle Thursday night can't believe her son is dead.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Morris Taylor, 14, and 15-year-old Elijah Anderson, both of Tampa, were riding their bicycles, one in front of the other, at the intersection of US 301 and Bloomindale Ave in Riverview.

The boys were wearing dark clothing, making them hard to see at night, but were in a lighted crosswalk, according to a report.

Officials said Taylor moved into the path of a vehicle and was hit. Taylor was ejected from his bicycle and died at the scene.

Taylor's mother, Vicki, said she sensed something was wrong, so she kept calling her son.

"And he kept saying, 'why you calling?' I said, 'I'm worried, I don't know why, but I'm worried about you.'"

Vicki said when she got to the scene she hoped it wasn't her son who was lying on the ground.

"I see the shorts, his legs, and the socks I just bought him, but I was just praying it wasn't my son, I couldn't face it," she said.

Jeff Wolfe and his family own a farmers market near the intersection where Morris was killed. He said unfortunately his family wasn't surprised because it's such a busy area.

"Basically, since they have built these apartments and stuff around here the last year or so, you know, I see it everyday, a lot of foot traffic and I pretty much figured it's just a matter of time," Wolfe said.

Vicki hopes her son's accident urges other parents to talk to their kids about bike safety. The last thing she wants is another parent to feel what she's feeling now.

"It's just like not real, that cannot be my son that died, he was only 14," she said.

Anderson sustained minor injuries. Officials said neither bicycle had lights, as required by state law.

The driver, Cornelius Williams, 31, of Seffner, had minor injuries. No charges have been filed.