Video shows bicyclist being struck by hit-and-run driver in St. Pete

Updated: Nov. 15, 2019 at 3:59 PM EST
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WWSB) - Police in St. Petersburg released shocking video of a bicyclist being struck by a car as they search for the driver, who fled after the accident.

Warning - the video may be disturbing to some viewers.

Police say on November 1, a bicyclist was crossing 49h Street on Pinellas Trail when he was struck by a white Chrysler 200.

In the video, the bicyclist enters the crosswalk and throws his hands in the air, apparently in aggravation over a vehicle in the outside lane that did not yield to the crosswalk. He's then struck by the Chrysler 200 on the inside lane.

The video shows that the bicyclist did not stop for the stop sign, but the crosswalk is marked and has flashing yield signs which turn on when pedestrians or bicyclists are present.

St. Petersburg Police say in this instance, the bicyclist had the right of way because the cyclists coming from the other direction had activated the flashing lights, which indicate that traffic must stop for those in the crosswalk. Police say the lights were still flashing when the bicyclist entered the crosswalk and when he was struck by the vehicle.

Police say it is the law that drivers stop if there is anyone in the crosswalk.

The victim suffered broken bones but police say his injuries were not considered life threatening.

They are now trying to find the driver. If anyone has information, call St. Petersburg police.

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