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Deputies identify bicyclist killed in east Hillsborough crash

VALRICO — It happened during rush hour on a four-lane road. A bicyclist turned into traffic and a driver swerved, but it was too late.

On Monday evening, 20-year-old Michael Jurgens died when he was struck by a Mazda driven by Marcus Adams as Jurgens crossed Bloomingdale Avenue, deputies said.

Jurgens, of 3810 Polumbo Drive in Valrico, was headed west on a sidewalk about 5:20 p.m. when he turned into traffic, deputies said.

The area, near Hurley Road, has no traffic signal or crosswalk.

Adams, 22, with his 4-year-old son in the car, was also headed west.

He swerved from the outside lane to the inside lane in an effort to miss the bicyclist. But Jurgens kept pedaling. The front of the car hit Jurgens, who died at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet.

No charges have been filed and deputies were still investigating.

Since 2007, Adams, of 919 Milano Circle in Brandon, has accumulated 15 points on his Florida driver's license for speeding tickets and reckless driving, according to state records. The state briefly suspended his license.

Even with sidewalks and bicycle lanes along Bloomingdale Avenue, some bicyclists have expressed concerns about riding along that section, said Casey Tucker, a manager at AJ's Bikes and Boards on Bloomingdale Avenue.

Tucker said he sticks to the sidewalks during his 6-mile bicycle commute to work to avoid drivers not paying close enough attention to the road.

Connor Huntley, a neighbor of Jurgens, said he often saw him riding a bike through their Valrico neighborhood, which is about a mile from where the crash occurred.

But Huntley, 17, said he stays away from the busy road while riding his own bike.

"A lot of people don't pay attention while driving; some people have their music turned up too loud," he said. "You have to be careful."

Staff writer Katie Sanders and news researcher John Martin contributed to this report. Shelley Rossetter can be reached at (813) 226-3374 or srossetter@sptimes.com.

Deputies identify bicyclist killed in east Hillsborough crash 06/08/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 11:57pm]
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