Sunday, May 20, 2018
News Roundup

Unidentified bicyclist dies after being struck twice in Dade City

DADE CITY

Bicyclist dies after being struck twice

A bicyclist riding at night without lights died after he was hit Saturday by two cars, authorities said. The name of the cyclist has not yet been released. About 11 p.m., Heather Belasic, 25, was driving south on State Road 35 when she struck the man — who was also traveling south — near Wilds Road south of Dade City, the Florida Highway Patrol said. He bounced off the front end of her car and fell in the road. The bicyclist was then run over by a second car, driven by Lonnie Wilson, 25. The man, who was wearing dark jeans and a black T-shirt, died at the scene, the patrol said. Wilson and Belasic, both of Zephyrhills, weren't injured. An investigation is ongoing, authorities said.

TAMPA

Woman, 24, killed on I-75 identified

Troopers have released the name of a 24-year-old woman who died Saturday afternoon when a tire blew out as she was driving on Interstate 75. Hilda Yamilet Suarez of Tampa was driving a Chevrolet Blazer south on I-75 in northern Hillsborough County, just south of the Pasco County line, when the tire ripped, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The sport utility vehicle veered off the shoulder of the highway and slammed into two trees. Troopers said Suarez died at the scene after the 12:30 p.m. crash. Investigators were still looking into the wreck.

TAMPA

Oxford Exchange opening today

The Oxford Exchange retail and dining center across from the University of Tampa opens at 6:30 a.m. today. The building, at 420 W Kennedy Blvd., combines a restaurant, coffee shop, tea house, bookstore, home decor shop and private office suites. Business owner Blake Casper, whose company also owns 52 McDonald's restaurants in the Tampa Bay area, dreamed up the concept. He wanted to create an iconic destination where future generations could meet for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. The Exchange occupies a 100-year-old building that was converted into commercial space using specialty marble, wood, brick and brass.

Today's picks

HERNANDO COUNTY

Academia Hernando presents "The Origin of Dogs — From Wolves to Your Family Pet": 10 a.m., Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. Presented by Gertrude Hinsch. $8. (352) 597-0158.

PASCO COUNTY

Jam session: 7:30 p.m., AMVETS Post 9, 14540 Black Lake Road, Odessa. (813) 920-9023. amvets9.org.

Today's meetings

PASCO COUNTY

Zephyrhills City Council, 5 p.m. Community Redevelopment Agency meeting, regular council meeting at 6 p.m., City Hall, 5335 Eighth St.

Dade City Commission, 5:30 p.m., City Hall annex, 14150 Fifth St.

New Port Richey City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall, 5919 Main St.

Times staff

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