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Bicyclist dies in St. Petersburg after being struck by two cars

ST. PETERSBURG — Another bicyclist was killed in the Tampa Bay area on Sunday night, according to police, after being struck by two oncoming vehicles heading in different directions.

The rider was knocked off his bicycle by a driver heading north on 31st Street, police said, then was run over by another vehicle headed east as he lay on the ground trying to crawl out of the street.

Investigators say that both vehicles had green lights when they struck the bicyclist — but have yet to say how much time passed between the first time the victim was hit and the second time.

"The drivers said they had the green light and the witnesses confirmed it," said St. Petersburg police spokesman Mike Puetz.

The unidentified man died early Monday at Bayfront Medical Center. He was not identified by police because they are still looking for his family to notify.

St. Petersburg police think the man may be a transient. He is believed to be the 15th bicyclist to die in the Tampa Bay area since July. This latest fatality took place at First Avenue S and 31st Street S around 11:40 p.m. Sunday, according to police.

The bicyclist was cutting across First Avenue S in an unknown direction when police said he was hit by a 1993 Toyota being driven Rosa McKinnon, 57, who was headed north on 31st Street.

The rider was knocked off his bicycle and thrown into the south curb lane of First Avenue S. Witnesses said he was trying to crawl toward the south curb, police said, when another vehicle entered the intersection.

Hakim Abdallah, 22, was driving his 2005 Nissan east in the south curb lane of First Avenue S when police said he hit the bicyclist as he was lying in the street.

The victim was pronounced dead at the hospital at 12:18 a.m.

St. Petersburg police did not say who was at fault in the accident, what the drivers saw before hitting the bicyclist or if either could face charges. The incident is still under investigation.

Jamal Thalji can be reached at thalji@sptimes.com or (727) 893-8472.

Bicyclist dies in St. Petersburg after being struck by two cars 03/14/11 [Last modified: Monday, March 14, 2011 10:31pm]
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