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12-256 M.A.I.T. Investigates Fatal Bicycle Crash On The Dunedin Causeway

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
-Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.)

Dunedin Fire Rescue

Henry J. Ellowitz (Deceased Bicycle Rider)
DOB: 02/21/1943
Address: 2254 Norwegian Drive, Apartment 40, Clearwater

Jill E. Kurtzke (Assisted Injured Bicylist)
DOB: 07/28/1969
Address: 1181 Bayshore Boulevard, Dunedin

David S. Rogers (Assisted Injured Bicyclist)
DOB: 06/17/1971
Address: 9920 Stockbridge Drive, Tampa

Deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) have responded to investigate a fatal single bicycle crash.

Deputies responded to the crash at about 4:17: p.m. on Sunday, November 4, 2012.

The crash occurred at 62 Causeway Boulevard in Dunedin.

According to deputies, the bicyclist, identified as 69-year-old Henry J. Ellowitz, was traveling eastbound on Causeway Boulevard beginning his descent from the top of the drawbridge. Deputies say as he was riding, it appears he struck a tree branch, which became lodged between the spokes of the front tire of the bike. The branch locked the front tire and Ellowitz was vaulted over the handlebars.

Witnesses in two different vehicle heading in the same direction of travel as Ellowitz stopped immediately, exited their vehicles and approached to assist. Deputies say 53-year-old Jill Kurtzke, a Certified Nurse Assistant and 41-year-old David Rogers, an EMT, found Ellowitz unresponsive, began CPR and continued until Dunedin Fire Rescue paramedics arrived on scene.

Ellowitz was transported by ambulance to Mease Dunedin Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased at 5:16 p.m..

Ellowitz was wearing a helmet.

Both directions of the Causeway were shut down for approximately 20 minutes. M.A.I.T. responded and along with a patrol deputy were able to open the bridge using one lane of travel until the on-scene investigation was complete.

The investigation continues.

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