Two Clearwater bicycle hit-and-run accidents less than seven hours apart results in one bicyclist dead and the other is in critical condition.
According to the Clearwater Patch, Joseph Samson, a 34-year-old Dunedin man, was bicycling southbound on Cleveland Street at approximately 9:45 p.m. Tuesday night when he was hit by a pickup truck. After hitting Mr. Samson, the truck took off from the scene. Mr. Samson was taken to Bayfront Health with life-threatening injuries after the crash. Police say the truck is believed to be a dark-colored pickup. It may have an extended cab and is believed to have possible front-end damage. Anyone with information about the truck or its driver is asked to call the police department at 727-562-4242.
About seven hours later, another bicycle was hit and killed on Ulmerton Road. According to Clearwater Patch, a motorist struck 62-year-old Robert Allen Shepherd and kept on going. Troopers say the unidentified vehicle was heading westbound on Ulmerton Road around 5:30 a.m. this morning. Mr. Shepherd was also heading west in the bike lane east of 58th Street North with bicycle lights on and was wearing a reflective vest. After striking the bicyclist, the motorist fled from the scene. Sadly, Mr. Shepherd was then struck by another vehicle. Mr. Shepherd was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities have recovered car parts left behind after the crash. A side mirror was recovered that indicates the suspect vehicle is a 2003-2008 model Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Matrix or Toyota Corolla, according to the patrol’s report. Anyone with information about the motorist or the vehicle is asked to call the patrol at *FHP or 813-631-4020.
Drivers, watch out for bicyclist and pedestrians. Also, have the decency to stop and take responsibility for your actions. Two families are suffering enough because their loved one was either killed or severely injured. The pain is magnified knowing that the person who caused the injury fled the scene.
Ride and drive safely and watch out for those who don’t!
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