Bicyclist killed after hitting Mercedes driven by teen in Belleair Bluffs

Pinellas County

A bicyclist was killed when he drove into a Mercedes driven by a 17-year-old girl in Belleair Bluffs on Sunday, according to authorities.

Deputies with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office say the girl was driving a 2016 Mercedes AMG G63 northbound on Harbor View Lane, approaching the stop sign at West Bay Drive.

Deputies say 56-year-old Anthony Violante was riding his bicycle eastbound on West Bay Drive, approaching Harbor View Lane on the south sidewalk. Violante did not have front or rear lights on his bicycle.

After making a complete stop, the teen proceeded to turn westbound onto West Bay Drive when Violante struck the front driver’s corner of the Mercedes, ejecting him from his bicycle. Violante was not wearing a helmet.

Violante was transported to Bayfront Hospital with life-threatening injuries and was later pronounced deceased.

Investigators say impairment and speed do not appear to be a factor in the crash. 

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