Monday, February 19, 2018
Public safety

Bicyclist, 18, killed in Pinellas Park crash

An 18-year-old man died after he was hit by a truck and a car Saturday while riding a bicycle across U.S. 19 in Pinellas Park.

Albert Ketchum was riding across 66th Street, moving from west to east near the intersection of 68th Avenue, about 12:10 p.m. when he was hit, police said.

He made it across the southbound lanes before moving onto the northbound side of the street, into the path of a 2000 Ford Expedition, police said. The truck threw Ketchum off the bike before he was hit a second time by a 2002 Chevrolet Impala.

He was taken to Bayfront Medical Center and later pronounced dead, police said.

The driver of the Expedition, Jarrod Slate, 36, and the driver of the Impala, Samantha Stine, 22, were not injured.

Police said Ketchum failed to yield to the oncoming traffic when trying to cross the street, which led to the accident. The crash remained under investigation.

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