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14-076 Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) Investigates Vehicle Vs. Bicyclist In Belleair Beach

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

Kelvin Simmerman (Uninjured Driver)
DOB: 8/15/1958
Address: 1812 Cherrywood Lane, Dunedin
Vehicle: 2013 GMC Pickup Truck

Nathen Wright (Injured Bicyclist)
DOB: 11/22/1947
Address: 911 Washington Avenue #109, Largo

What:
Deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) are investigating a vehicle vs. bicyclist crash in Belleair Beach.

When:
The crash occurred at about 3:00 p.m. on Monday, April 14, 2014.

Where:
The crash occurred on Gulf Blvd. in the area of Howard Drive in Belleair Beach.

Why/How:
Deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) are investigating a vehicle vs. bicyclist crash in Belleair Beach that occurred at about 3:00 p.m. on Monday, April 14, 2014.

According to deputies, the bicyclist, identified as 66-year-old Nathen Wright was riding southbound on Gulf Blvd. in the bike lane. At the same time, the driver of a 2013 GMC pickup truck was also traveling southbound on Gulf Blvd. in the area of Howard Drive.

The driver of the pickup truck, identified as 55-year-old Kelvin Simmerman, looked down at his notepad, causing him to veer to the right, striking Wright’s bicycle, knocking him to the ground.

Wright was transported to a local hospital via Bayflite with life-threatening injuries.

Simmerman was not injured during the crash.

It does not appear that alcohol or drug impairment were factors in the crash.

The investigation continues.

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