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Bicyclist dies a week after collision with car

ST. PETERSBURG — A 44-year-old bicyclist who was struck by a vehicle while crossing 38th Avenue N last week died of his injuries Wednesday after spending seven days in a coma, according to his family.

Eric Ross was struck by a car on March 18 as he tried to ride across 38th Avenue N near the Northeast Shopping Center, police said. Ross was wearing a helmet, but it appears to have come off when he struck the pavement, said his father, Stanford Ross.

Ross was in critical condition when he was taken to Bayfront Medical Center, and his condition only worsened as the swelling in his brain increased, his father said. Doctors told the family Wednesday morning that he was brain dead, and the family decided to take him off life support. He died that afternoon.

"The prognosis was not good from the beginning," Ross' father said. "But with a head injury you never know."

Police say they are still investigating the crash, which happened at 1:52 p.m. It appears that Ross rode out in front of the car, a 1998 Volvo driven by a juvenile, whose name and age police would not disclose.

Bicyclist dies a week after collision with car 03/26/09 [Last modified: Thursday, March 26, 2009 10:49pm]

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