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Updated: 4/27/2010 8:08 am
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla.-- A wild ride in Ponte Vedra and now bicyclists are on edge when it comes to riding down the street.   
 
It was a scary scene in Ponte Vedra. Fire trucks and ambulances were everywhere. Cars were smashed up and a bicyclist was hit by an SUV. Sheriff's deputies say Andrea Zampatti was driving recklessly. She hit cop cars and people and wouldn't stop.

When she hit a bicyclist it sent a shock through the cycling community. "A cyclist never wins a battle with a car," said Jeff Kopp. Kopp owns Trek bicycle shop. He says many of his clients have come in talking about what happened in Ponte Vedra. "There's a lot of cyclist that got rattled from this. We all ride those roads everyday being here at the beach," said Kopp.

He just wants to know why a person wouldn't even stop. Action News tracked down new details on exactly who is Andrea Zampatti. We found out, she's a business owner. She has a website for a Christian lifestyle clothing company. She also owns a credit card processing company.
 
But right now she's facing serious charges. Local bike groups are blogging about it on their websites. Even though Kopp says this was a random accident, he hopes it makes people pay more attention when they're on the roads with bikes. "We are treated like cars. We ride the same direction, and ride on the road. It's scary when someone gets hit on the roads you ride everyday," said Kopp.

The St Johns Sheriff's Office has no idea why Zampatti was there Friday. Zampatti is still in jail. Action News called her home in Canton, Georgia. A man who answered the phone had no comment. Zampatti is charged with aggravated assault and battery on a law enforcment officer. Police say alcohol was a factor.
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Andreas Friend - 5/6/2010 11:55 AM
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I just want to say Alcohol was NOT a Factor! Why hasn't anyone reported that she was suffering from Post Partum and on perscription meds!

Safety44 - 4/27/2010 5:27 PM
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leroyjones: You have got a problem. There is a law that states when you pass a bike you must give them three feet when you go around them. According to the Florida drivers manuel bikes have to follow all the laws that cars do. I know and I have seen a lot of people run stop signs on bikes. One of the problems is a lot of bikers have no idea about what hand signals to use when biking. How many car drivers or bikers know the sign for stop while riding a bike? It is hand down with palm point back wards. You would be suprized that the people that don't know that. This is with the left hand.

Safety44 - 4/27/2010 5:20 PM
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I am sorry, but you will not catch me riding a bike on A1A. I am afraid that there are going to be more accidents with bikes because a lot of people don't pay attention to what is going on. Plus the speed limit is now 40 and most people go over 40 becuase they don't pay attention to the speed limit and they just don't care. There needs to be more enformement of the speed limit on A!A in Ponte Vedra.

leroyjones - 4/27/2010 7:46 AM
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Bicyclist need to stay out of the way of street traffic! We vehicle owners pay dearly for the use of our roadways and bicyclist pay zero. If you want to ride your bikes on the streets,stay out of the way of people who pay for their use.
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