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Bicyclist killed while crossing Port Richey road

PORT RICHEY — A 46-year-old bicyclist was hit by a car and killed Sunday night, marking the 10th cycling fatality in the Tampa Bay area since the end of July.

Michael Dwayne Kellogg of Port Richey was at a marked crosswalk, but did not have a crossing signal, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers said Kellogg was in the northbound inside lane of Little Road, near Jasmine Boulevard, when he was hit about 7:18 p.m. by Nicole Elizabeth Dobbs, 30, also of Port Richey. She tried to brake, but the left front of her 1988 Honda Civic hit the bike, according to the patrol.

Kellogg was thrown from his bike and landed on the southbound left-turn lane of Little Road.

His family could not be reached for comment. Dobbs' mother, Sylvia Culver, told the Times that her daughter didn't see Kellogg until it was too late.

Culver, who rushed to the scene when Dobbs called her in tears, said other motorists told her they had honked at Kellogg just before Dobbs hit him and couldn't tell what he was trying to do.

"She is not responsible for what happened to that man," said Culver. "Honey, she's so devastated. She's very delicate, my daughter. She's the kind of person who falls apart if a bird falls out of a tree."

Troopers have placed no blame on Dobbs for the accident.

She has a spotty record, however: Since 1996, authorities have cited her for more than 50 traffic violations, mainly for speeding, according to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. In 2001, she was convicted in Pasco-Pinellas circuit of a third-degree felony of driving with a suspended license, habitual offender.

Culver said her daughter, an assistant manager at a tire store and the mother of a 6-year-old, was headed out to do an errand. She said she and two other women at the scene prayed for Kellogg. "We all stood there and prayed, we prayed for God to take his soul and put his arms around him," she said. "My heart goes out to his family."

His death is the latest in a string of bicyclist fatalities that have happened under various circumstances.

LeRoy "Roy" Collins Jr. 75, son of a former governor, died July 29 when a sport utility vehicle struck his bicycle in a Tampa crosswalk. The driver told police she did not see Collins, and no charges were filed.

Joe Dyals, a 46-year-old Chiles Elementary School art teacher, died Sept. 9 after pulling in front of a minivan in Tampa.

Stephen Allen Ivey, 52, of New Port Richey died after being struck by a car Sept. 10 as he tried to cross a New Port Richey street. Police said the car had the right of way.

Neil Alan Smith, 48, died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver Sept. 12 in St. Petersburg. Police have not found the driver, who they say rear-ended Smith with a midsize sedan.

Kayoko Ishizuka, 30, a University of South Florida researcher from Tampa, was struck and killed by a driver Sept. 25 while riding in Tampa. Police later arrested a man on a charge of leaving the scene of the accident.

Diane M. Vega, 53, was killed Oct. 1 while waiting on a Tampa sidewalk for the crosswalk light. An SUV ran a red light and traveled onto the sidewalk and struck Vega, who was thrown into a concrete block house. The driver was cited for running the light.

Brad Ash, a 41-year-old Pasco County math teacher from Dade City, died Oct. 4 after being rear-ended by an SUV in Dade City. The driver was not charged.

Anthony G. Weeks, 33, of Thonotosassa died Nov. 1 after he was struck by a truck in Tampa. Weeks had been riding against traffic. No charges have been filed, and the case is still open.

A 64-year-old bicyclist was killed Nov. 16 in Tampa by a motorist who apparently could not see him in the dark. Sgt. Larry Kraus said troopers are still withholding the man's name because they have been unable to reach next of kin. No charges have been filed in that case.

Times researcher Natalie Watson contributed to this report.

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