Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
-Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.)
Roger L. Hiers (Injured Bicyclist)
Address: 10409 Alafia Street, Gibsonton, FL
John L. Collins (Driver, not injured)
Address: 1734 Countryclub Road North Drive, St. Petersburg
Vehicle: 2001 Dodge Van
Deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team are investigating a vehicle vs. bicycle crash in Seminole. The bicylist sustained life-threatening injuries in the crash.
Deputies responded to the crash at about 11:25 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, 2012.
The crash occurred at Park Street, just south of Burning Tree in Seminole.
***Update at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, 2012***
Roger L. Hiers, the bicylist involved in Sunday’s crash has died. Hiers passed away at Bayfront Medical Center.
The Medical Examiner’s Office will determine cause and manner of death.
The investigation continues
***End of Update***
According to deputies, both the bicylist, 54-year-old Roger L. Hiers and the driver of the van, 52-year-old John L. Collins were headed northbound on Park Street, when the bicylist rode into the path of the vehicle and was struck by the driver of the van.
Hiers was transported by ambulance to Bayfront Medical Center for treatment of head injuries, characterized as life-threatening.
Collins was not injured in the crash.
Deputies say the area where the crash occured was not very well lit.
Investigators also say alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash on the part of the biclycist. There were no signs of impairment on the part of the vehicle driver.
The investigation continues.