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Bicyclist dies after hit-and-run accident in Tampa

Published May 24, 2013

TAMPA — A bicyclist who was hit Thursday by a pickup that did not stop has died, Tampa police said Friday.

Freddie J. Alonso, 44, was riding a bicycle south on Tampania Street when he didn't stop at a stop sign at W Lemon Street and was struck by a pickup, police said.

The impact threw Alonso off the bicycle and the pickup continued eastbound.

Alonso was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition with a head injury Thursday afternoon.

He died Thursday night, police said.

The crash was reported about 7:40 a.m.

A witness described the truck as a full-sized pickup, possibly a Dodge, in a "dark garnet" color. Another witness described it as a maroon color. The driver was described as balding, with a thin build and in his 40s. The vehicle likely has hood and front-end damage, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Tampa police at (813)231-6130.

Crime Stoppers is also offering a $1,000 reward for any information.


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