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Homeless man on bike hit, killed in Largo

LARGO — A homeless man who rode his bicycle into traffic was hit by a car and died Tuesday night, authorities said.

Eugene Harry Murphy, 47, was traveling east across Seminole Boulevard about 100 feet south of 126th Avenue about 8 p.m. when he was hit by a Mercury Grand Marquis heading north, police said.

He died of his injuries at Bayfront Medical Center.

Police said a flashlight was found tied to the frame of the bicycle, but it was unknown whether the light was on at the time of the collision.

Police were investigating the wreck Wednesday. The driver, Joey Barlow, 45, of Clearwater, has not been charged.

Depending on the case, either the driver, the bicyclist or both can be at fault, police said. Since July, there have been 12 fatal vehicle accidents involving bicycles in Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties.

Florida has not been kind to bicyclists. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the state led the nation in bicyclists killed with 125 in 2008, the most recent year for which federal data was available. The state's bicyclist fatality rate was 6.82 per million, nearly triple the national average.

Homeless man on bike hit, killed in Largo 03/02/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 10:19pm]
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