Bicyclist killed in St. Petersburg crash, police say racing may be factor

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - St. Petersburg police say racing may have been a factor in a deadly accident involving a bicycle, car, and SUV.

According to reports, 27-year-old Matthew E. Cook was traveling eastbound on 1st Avenue South in a Honda Civic at a very high rate of speed, possibly racing with a small white foreign vehicle.

Investigators say Cook's 3-year-old daughter was in the car with him.

Meantime, Kris Ann Jones, 40, was riding her bicycle eastbound in the bike lane, adjacent to the south curb lane on the street.

As Cook entered the 5200 block, he reportedly closed in on a Dodge Durango - also eastbound in the south curb lane.  Police say the SUV was traveling at or near the speed limit.

Police say the white car that appeared to be racing with Cook's Honda then moved from the center lane to the north curb lane.

For unknown reasons, investigators have determined Cook attempted to pass the SUV by moving to his right into the bike lane.

At that point, police say Cook then noticed Jones on her bicycle and slammed on the brakes.

The Honda reportedly skidded into Jones, throwing her onto the windshield and roof of the Honda.

After that, reports say the Honda rear ended the Dodge Durango - which was then parked in front of 5210 1st Avenue South.  According to police, the Honda hit the SUV so hard, it collided into a tree.

Jones was pronounced dead at the scene, according to investigators.

Cook was reportedly transported to Bayfront Medical Center with serious injuries.  His daughter was taken to All Children's Hospital, where she was treated and released.

The St. Petersburg Police Department is still continuing the investigation.  Anyone with information about the small white foreign vehicle that may have been racing with the Honda is asked to call 727-893-7780.

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