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St. Petersburg police charge SUV driver with DUI manslaughter after fatal motorcycle crash

ST. PETERSBURG — The driver of a sport utility vehicle is charged with DUI manslaughter after running a stop sign and colliding with a motorcyclist early Sunday morning, police said.

The cyclist, John E. Olsen, 24, of St. Petersburg was declared dead at the scene, the intersection of 34th Avenue and 34th Street N.

Police said the driver of the Mercedes SUV, Velimir Cecez, 55, of St. Petersburg was driving east on 34th Avenue when he ran the stop sign at 34th Street around 2:30 a.m.

He ran into Olsen's Kawasaki, which was going south on 34th Street. Olsen, who police said was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from the bike.

Cecez was transported to Bayfront Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.

Police said Cecez was impaired, although did not provide details, and charged him with DUI manslaughter. Cecez was in the Pinellas County Jail with no bail Sunday evening.

St. Petersburg police charge SUV driver with DUI manslaughter after fatal motorcycle crash 09/05/10 [Last modified: Sunday, September 5, 2010 1:48pm]
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