“Cyclist dies two days after being hit by van”


A 48-year-old man died Saturday, two days after he was hit by a van while riding his bicycle along Gandy Boulevard in Pinellas County.

Roger Soloman was pronounced dead on Saturday at Bayfront Medical Center. He had been admitted to the hospital following an accident on Thursday.

Accordig to reports, Soloman and Phillip R. Billups, 49, were riding their bikes eastbound along the south side of Gandy Boulevard N shortly before 10 a.m. The men went under the I-275 overpass, then Billups turned and began riding across the eastbound lanes.

Soloman also began crossing the eastbound lanes, but then he made a left turn in front of a eastbound Chevrolet van driven by Christopher Foran, 39, the report said.

Foran hit the brakes and tried to miss Soloman, but was instead rear-ended by a Toyota driven by Vasil Dimitrov, 28, the report said.

Soloman was hit by the van and thrown from his bicycle. Billups, who had retreated to the median, was hit by the Toyota.

Billups was treated at the scene and released.

Neither driver was injured, and no charges have been announced.

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