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Cyclist seriously hurt after running stop sign, deputies say

SAFETY HARBOR — A bicyclist was seriously injured when he crossed into the path of a motorist and was hit Sunday afternoon, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Steven Merrill, 39, of 864 Harbor Hills Drive, was taken by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg with injuries that appeared to be life-threatening.

Merrill was eastbound on his bicycle on Third Street North around 4 p.m. when he went through a stop sign and was hit by 69-year-old Frank Leko, who driving his 1999 Mercedes Benz northbound on 10th Avenue North, deputies said.

Merrill was ejected from his bicycle and struck his head on the pavement. He was not wearing a helmet.

Leko, also of Safety Harbor, had the right of way and has not been charged in the accident. Alcohol and speed were not factors in the crash, deputies said.

Cyclist seriously hurt after running stop sign, deputies say 08/02/09 [Last modified: Sunday, August 2, 2009 10:23pm]
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