Police identify bicyclist killed crossing Tampa street

TAMPA — A bicyclist last weekend improperly crossed a street into the path of a pickup truck that struck and killed him, police said.

Peiter Vanvliet, 49, violated the right of way about 8 p.m. Saturday when he crossed W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and headed north in the eastbound lanes of Tampania Avenue. A 2003 Ford F250 hit Vanvliet's bicycle, police said.

No charges were filed against the truck's driver, William Jacobsen. Vanvliet is at least the 15th bicyclist to be killed since July while riding in Tampa Bay.

Jail records show Vanvliet was arrested 13 times in Hillsborough County. In 2008, he repeatedly called 911 because he wanted to go to jail. He told deputies there was a warrant out for his arrest, and he would wait for them at his Plant City home. Eventually, he was charged with misusing of the 911 system.

Police identify bicyclist killed crossing Tampa street 03/21/11 [Last modified: Monday, March 21, 2011 6:32pm]

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