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Bicyclist, 54, dies after being critically injured in crash with van

Published Mar. 22, 2012

SEMINOLE — The 54-year-old bicyclist who was critically injured late Sunday after colliding with a van died at the hospital Thursday afternoon, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Roger L. Hiers, 54, of Gibsonton was pronounced dead at Bayfront Medical Center, where he was in critical condition after the crash. He was rushed to the hospital Sunday night with life-threatening head injuries.

Hiers had been riding his bike north on Park Street just south of Burning Tree Drive about 11:25 p.m., when he rode into the path of a van driven by 52-year-old John L. Collins of St. Petersburg, who was also northbound on Park Street, deputies said.

Collins was not injured.

The area where the crash happened is not well lit, deputies said. Officials also believe alcohol may have been a factor in the collision.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause and manner of death, officials said.

Deputies were continuing their investigation Thursday.