Largo bicyclist injured after riding into Pinellas sheriff’s SUV

The man was riding an electric mountain bike and traveled against a “do not walk” sign when he struck the SUV, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
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Published Dec. 5, 2020|Updated Dec. 5, 2020

LARGO — A 29-year-old bicyclist was injured Friday night when he ran into a Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office SUV, deputies said.

The crash took place about 11:20 p.m. at the intersection of southbound Belcher Road and westbound Ulmerton Road, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Christopher Lewis, 39, was on patrol and had stopped his agency-issued Chevrolet Tahoe about 11:20 p.m. in the right lane of Belcher Road at a red traffic light at the intersection with Ulmerton Road, deputies said.

Lewis started turning right onto westbound Ulmerton Road after checking to his left for oncoming traffic, the Sheriff’s Office said. As he turned, bicyclist Daniel Serrao of Largo, hit the driver’s front side of the Tahoe, according to the agency.

Serrao was traveling north in the pedestrian crosswalk of Ulmerton Road against a “do not walk” pedestrian signal while riding an Ancheer electric mountain bicycle in automatic mode, deputies said.

He was taken to a hospital to be treated for a leg injury that deputies said was serious but not life threatening.

Sheriff’s officials do not believe impairment is a factor in the crash. The sheriff’s Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating the incident.