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Ballet dancer killed after truck hits his bicycle in Sarasota

A member of the Sarasota Ballet company was killed Wednesday afternoon when the bicycle he was riding collided with a large box truck from Tampa.

Sarasota Police say Pedro Pupa, 20, of Brazil, was killed when the bicycle he was riding collided with a delivery truck. The truck, driven by Willie G. Burns, 58, of Tampa, was making a right onto a service entrance road leading into the Ringling Museum at the 5400 block of North Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.

The delivery truck pulled in front of Pupa as he was approaching the road and failed to see Pupa or the bicycle, according to a news release.

Pupa's bicycle hit the side of the delivery truck, severely injuring him. He was taken to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, where he died from his injuries Wednesday evening.

Burns, the driver of the delivery truck, has been charged with violation of right away to a bicyclist.

Ballet dancer killed after truck hits his bicycle in Sarasota 06/05/14 [Last modified: Thursday, June 5, 2014 11:21am]
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