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Patrol seeks help finding driver who killed bicyclist in Hernando crash

Pieces of the front headlight assembly of a pickup truck rest on the hood of a Florida Highway Patrol cruiser. Witnesses said the truck that struck and killed a bicyclist near Weeki Wachee Springs was a black Chevrolet Silverado.

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Pieces of the front headlight assembly of a pickup truck rest on the hood of a Florida Highway Patrol cruiser. Witnesses said the truck that struck and killed a bicyclist near Weeki Wachee Springs was a black Chevrolet Silverado.

SPRING HILL — Investigators were looking for the driver of a pickup truck who drove off after striking and killing a man riding his bicycle Sunday afternoon near Weeki Wachee Springs.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the truck was northbound in the outside lane of U.S. 19 near River Country Drive when it hit the bicyclist, who was traveling north on the paved shoulder of the road.

The bicyclist — 28-year-old Vincent Lloyd Barnes of Spring Hill — was dragged for a short distance, and died as a result of the collision, the patrol said. The truck didn't stop and continued north on U.S. 19. The driver was last seen heading east on Northcliffe Boulevard.

The accident happened around 3:20 p.m.

Barnes leaves behind a 3-year-old son, said his stepmother, Gail Barnes of Spring Hill. "He was a great, great daddy," Gail Barnes said. "He loved his son with all his heart. He would do anything for his son. He would play with him for hours and hours."

Gail Barnes said her stepson worked at the Texas Roadhouse restaurant on Cortez Boulevard in Brooksville and may have been headed to work when he was hit.

"It's such a shame that we have people who won't even stay around and find out if someone is okay when they hit them," she said.

Witnesses said the truck was a black Chevrolet Silverado pickup with "after-market rims and a hard shell bed cover."

Troopers ask anyone with information to call the highway patrol at (813) 631-4020. Or, to remain anonymous, call Hernando County CrimeStoppers toll-free at 1-866-990-8477 or send a tip via www.hernando sheriff.org/tips.

Patrol seeks help finding driver who killed bicyclist in Hernando crash 04/10/11 [Last modified: Sunday, April 10, 2011 11:10pm]
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