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Man dies after crashing bicycle on Dunedin Causeway

DUNEDIN — A 69-year-old Clearwater man died Sunday after crashing his bicycle on Dunedin Causeway, authorities said.

Henry J. Ellowitz was riding east on the bridge about 4:15 p.m. when a tree branch lodged in the spokes of his bicycle's front tire, causing the tire to lock and sending Ellowitz flying over the handlebars, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. The accident happened near the top of the drawbridge.

Two drivers — one a nursing assistant, the other an EMT — stopped, found Ellowitz unresponsive, and performed CPR, the sheriff's office said. Ellowitz — who had been wearing a helmet — was taken to Mease Dunedin Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:16 p.m. Both directions of the causeway were shut down for about 20 minutes.

Man dies after crashing bicycle on Dunedin Causeway 11/04/12 [Last modified: Sunday, November 4, 2012 9:41pm]
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