Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Cyclist dies two days after being hit by van in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — A 48-year-old bicyclist critically injured last week after being struck by a van died on Saturday, police said.

Roger Soloman of St. Petersburg was pronounced dead at 6:44 a.m. at Bayfront Medical Center, two days after the crash.

"He was a very kind and caring guy that would help anybody at anytime," said Soloman's sister, Cynthia Hollon.

St. Petersburg police said Soloman and Phillip R. Billups of Largo were pedaling together about 9:45 a.m. Thursday on Gandy Boulevard when they veered into the eastbound traffic under the Interstate 275 overpass.

Christopher Allen Foran, 39, of Tierra Verde was going east in a 1999 Chevrolet van when he saw Soloman in his path, police said. Foran hit the brakes and steered into the center lane, where he was rear-ended by a 1999 Toyota driven by Vasil Dimitrov, 28, of St. Petersburg.

Soloman, who police said was intoxicated, was hit by the van and thrown. Billups, who had retreated to the median, was struck by the Toyota as it was coming to a stop, police said.

Soloman was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in critical condition, police said. Billups was treated at the scene and released.

Neither of the drivers was injured, and no charges were announced.

With Soloman's death, at least 14 cyclists have died in crashes in the Tampa Bay area since July.

Cyclist dies two days after being hit by van in St. Petersburg 03/06/11 [Last modified: Sunday, March 6, 2011 11:20pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Fennelly: About time Dave Andreychuk makes Hockey Hall of Fame

    Lightning Strikes

    It's Andy's time.

    And it's about time.

    Former Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk has been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. He had been eligible since 2009, a ridiculously long wait for someone who scored 640 goals, including a record 274 on the power play.

    LEFT: Dave Andreychuk talks at the podium as he is honored with a statue in front of the now-Amalie Arena.
  2. British government says 75 out of 75 buildings failed fire safety tests

    World

    LONDON — Britain on Monday confronted a rapidly growing fire safety crisis after tests of the exterior cladding on dozens of public housing towers revealed a 100 percent failure rate, raising fears that this month's deadly inferno in London could be repeated elsewhere.

    Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali, presents his first Chrono-Hologram in Paris, France, in 1973. A Spanish judge on Monday June 26, 2017, has ordered the remains of artist Salvador Dali to be exhumed following a paternity suit by a woman named by Europa Press agency as Pilar Abel, 61 from the nearby city of Girona. Dali, considered one of the fathers of surrealism in art, died in 1989 and is buried in his museum in the northeastern town of Figueres. [Associated Press]
  3. Man convicted of second-degree murder in killing of Baby Doe, his girlfriend's daughter

    Nation

    BOSTON — A man was convicted Monday of murder in the death of a 2-year-old girl who became known as Baby Doe after her remains washed up on the shore of a Boston Harbor island.

    Michael McCarthy’s friend Michael Sprinsky, far left, gets a hug from sister Laura Sprinsky after McCarthy is found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Bella Bond, who became known as Baby Doe.
  4. Rays make Hechavarria trade official

    Blogs

    Here is the release from the team ...

     

  5. Jones: Will Tampa Bay hit a Hall of Fame dry spell now?

    Lightning Strikes

    Marty St. Louis may lack the Hall of Fame stats, but two scoring titles, an MVP award and clutch goals should count for a lot. (Dirk Shadd, Times)