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Bicyclist hit in bike lane, killed in St. Petersburg crash

Published Apr. 15, 2012

ST. PETERSBURG — A bicyclist was killed Saturday when a car crashed into her from behind as the driver was trying to change lanes in the 5200 block of First Avenue S, police said.

Kris Ann Jones, 40, was riding east in the bike lane about 5 p.m. when a 1995 Honda Civic approached her from behind.

The driver, Matthew E. Cook, 27, was driving at a high rate of speed, police said. He might have been racing with another unidentified white car, police said.

As Cook's car came behind a sport utility vehicle, he moved into the bike lane in an attempt to pass, police said.

He did not notice Jones on her bike and slammed on the brakes just before hitting her.

Jones was thrown into the windshield and onto the roof of the Honda as the car skidded into the back of a parked Dodge Durango, which was pushed into a tree, police said.

When the car stopped, Jones was thrown to the pavement. She was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Cook was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in serious condition, police said.

His 3-year-old daughter, who was a passenger in the car, was treated at All Children's Hospital and released.

An investigation of the crash is ongoing.