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Speed limit lowered in area of SR50 where bicyclist was fatally struck

Widow vows to make area safer

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Five months after her husband was hit and killed along State Road 50 in the Bithlo area, Yoli Arias is seeing changes. 

Her husband, 49-year-old Jorge Arias, was killed late June while riding his bike to work while he was only a few miles from his home. 

Arias was doing everything right. Yoli said his bike lights were on and flashing and he was wearing his safety vest. 

After his death, Yoli vowed to make a stretch of SR 50 safer whether it be with bike lanes, sidewalks or lowered speeds. 

"It's great results. I'm happy that they lowered (the speed limit)," Arias said. 

After the Florida Department of Transportation was alerted of her concerns, officials began a speed study.

As a result of the study, speeds were lowered from 50 and 55 mph to 45 mph from Chuluota Road to just west of Corner School Drive. 

The signs were installed this week.

"It's a start of everything around here ... This is just the beginning and I am all for it. I think it's great," Yoli said. 

Yoli also hopes the "Drive Safe" sign placed close to her husband's crash site will make people take a moment to think and slow down. 

"I am here to tell them to slow down. Read the signs. I didn't have this posted for it not to be seen," Yoli said.