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14-044 M.A.I.T. Investigates Three Bicycle Crash; One Man Sustains Life-Threatening Injuries

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

Dunedin Fire Rescue

Roberto Singson (Injured Cyclist)
DOB: 10/30/1960
Address 2053 Diplomat Drive, Clearwater

James Poitras (Injured Cyclist)
DOB: 01/29/1954
Address: 2229 Christy Lane, Oldsmar

John Burchfield (Injured Cyclist)
DOB: 05/22/1958
Address: 100 Cypress Place, Oldsmar

What:
The Sheriff’s Office Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating a crash involving three cyclist who were riding as part of a group from the Suncoast Cycling Club. Three cyclists sustained injuries, one of them life-threatening.

When:
The crash occurred at about 12:19 p.m. on Sunday, March 16, 2014.

Where:
The crash occurred along County Road 1, just north of Michigan in Dunedin.

Why/How:
According to investigators, the cyclist were riding in a pack of about 30. The riders were near the end of their ride, at mile 53 of a 57 mile ride they had planned for the day. The cyclists were riding in close proximity heading northbound on County Road 1, just north of Michigan, when 53-year-old Roberto Singson’s front tire touched the back tire of a rider in front of him. Deputies say Singson lost control, fell of his bike and struck his head. Two other cylists, 60-year-old James Poitras and 55-year-old John Burchfield struck Singson’s bike causing them to fall.

Sinsgon was transported by air to Bayfront Medical Center for treatment of life-threatening injuries. Singson sustained head trauma. Poitras was transported by ambulance to Mease Countryside Hospital for a broken right clavicle. His injuries were non-life threatening. Burchfield was treated on scene for minor scratches and abrasions.

The crash appears to be accidental in nature.

All three riders were wearing helmets.

The investigation continues.

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