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Date of Issue: March 17, 2005

Vacationing cyclist dies after striking vehicle

A 75-year-old Illinois man died Monday afternoon at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg following a Saturday morning accident in Holmes Beach when the bicycle he was riding struck a vehicle at the intersection of 67th Street and Holmes Boulevard.

Holmes Beach Police said Francisco Juco of Peoria, Ill. was air-flighted to Bayfront after the accident. Hospital officials said he died at 3:50 p.m. Monday.

No charges have been filed and the incident is under investigation, police said. According to Chief Jay Romine, "all indications at this point are that the bicyclist was at fault and there is nothing to indicate that there will be any charges."

According to one witness, Juco was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, and appeared to run through a stop sign on Holmes Boulevard just before he struck the moving vehicle.

Juco was apparently vacationing in Holmes Beach, police said.