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13-067 ***Update At 1:30 a.m. on April 11: Bicyclist Identified*** M.A.I.T Deputies Investigate Single Bicycle Crash In Dunedin; Seek Public’s Help To Identify Bicyclist

***Update Begins***

The man involved in the single bicycle crash on the Dunedin Causeway on Monday, April 8th has been identified as:

Gerald A. Mihalinec
DOB: 06/23/1950
Address: 439 S. Paula Drive # 105, Dunedin

According to M.A.I.T. investigators, a call came into the Sheriff’s Office on April 10th from an employer at a Clearwater Restaurant, who requested a welfare check on one of their servers who had not shown up for work. Deputies conducted the check and did not find anyone at the residence. Deputies then advised the employer of the bicycle crash. The employer was able to subsequently identified the bicylist as Mihalinec; and as their employee.

Mihalinec remains hospitalized.

***Update Ends***

Original Release:

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

Dunedin Fire Rescue

Unidentified Bicyclist Description (Sustained serious injuries)
The bicyclist is described as a white male in his late 50s to early 60s, approximately 5’9″ and 220 pounds. He has salt and pepper hair, sideburns and a mustache. He was wearing blue cargo shorts and it is unknown if he was wearing a shirt. He was wearing some jewelry to include a ring on his right hand and a silver metal banded watch. He has no scars, tattoos or other identifying marks.

What:
Deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team or M.A.I.T. are investigating a single bicycle crash that occurred in Dunedin; and are seeking the public’s help to identify the seriously injured bicylist.

When:
Deputies responded to investigate at about 9:11 p.m. on Monday, April 8, 2013.

Where:
The crash occurred on Causeway Boulevard in Dunedin.

Why/How:
According to deputies, the unidentified bicylist was heading westbound on Causeway Boulevard in Dunedin. A passerby saw him lying on the sidewalk on the west side of the drawbridge near the beach access and called 911. The unidentified male was transported to a local hospital by ambulance for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

Deputies are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying this man. The description is listed above.

According to investigators, there does not appear to be any signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Deputies say the man may have had a possible medical episode.

Anyone with information that may assist deputies in identifying the bicylist is asked to contact Deputy Todd Nellebach of the M.A.I.T. at (727) 582-6200.

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