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Bicyclist killed by car in Pinellas Park identified

PINELLAS PARK — A St. Petersburg bicyclist was hit and killed early Friday morning by a car driven by a Tampa man at Belcher Road and 118th Avenue, police said.

About 5 a.m., Stephen R. Caputo, 52, of St. Petersburg was riding a Schwinn beach cruiser and William J. Colwell, 33, of Tampa was driving a 2003 four-door Chrysler southbound on Belcher Road.

Police said Caputo was riding along the curb when the right front of Colwell's car struck Caputo from behind. Caputo hit the car's windshield and was thrown to the road.

Colwell stopped after the crash, but a second vehicle also southbound on Belcher Road struck Caputo's bike and kept driving. Police said witnesses described the car as a red Pontiac Firebird.

Caputo died at the scene. Police said he was wearing a reflective vest but not a helmet. They said he also may have been wearing headphones.

His bike had a flashlight taped to the handlebars and a small rear light, but police said it wasn't clear if the lights were working at the time of the crash.

Weather did not appear to be a factor, police said.

Colwell told investigators he didn't see Caputo. Traffic charges are pending.

The southbound lanes of Belcher Road at 118th Avenue were shut for several hours while police investigated.

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Bicyclist killed by car in Pinellas Park identified 11/20/09 [Last modified: Friday, November 20, 2009 1:35pm]
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