Boy, 7, killed on bike while crossing highway behind mom, sister

TAMPA — A 7-year-old boy died Friday afternoon trying to cross U.S. 301 on his bicycle in Thonotosassa, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Just after 2 p.m., Rohan A. Berringer of Zephyrhills was riding bikes with his mother and sister on a trail north of Stacy Road, troopers said. His mother, Shelley Willison, crossed the highway, and so did his sister. When Rohan tried to rejoin them, he rode into the path of a Ford F-150 pickup driven by 79-year-old George D. Thomas, the Highway Patrol reported.

The boy died at the scene.

Just an hour later, a 51-year-old man died after his truck overturned in a crash at U.S. 92 and Gallagher Road in Plant City.

Troopers say Carl S. Meredith Jr. of Plant City was heading south on Gallagher Road in his 1994 Chevrolet pickup when he ran the stop sign at U.S. 92 and was hit by Stacey and Jason Shinneman's 2006 BMW.

Meredith's truck overturned. He wasn't wearing a seat belt, the Highway Patrol said. He was ejected and died at the scene. The Shinnemans were taken to Tampa General Hospital with minor injuries.

Both crashes are under investigation.

Boy, 7, killed on bike while crossing highway behind mom, sister 12/26/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 30, 2008 3:29pm]

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