Bicyclist in Tampa hit-and-run dies from injuries
A Tampa bicyclist has died as the result of injuries suffered in a hit-and-run Thursday morning involving a pickup truck, police said. Freddie J. Alonso, 44, died Thursday night at Tampa General Hospital. Police are still searching for the truck, described by one witness as a maroon, full-size pickup. Another said the truck was dark garnet or red pearl, and possibly a Dodge manufactured in 2000 or 2001.Police said the truck, which fled to the east, will have hood and front-end damage. Deputies say Alonso was riding his bike south on North Tampania Avenue about 7:40 a.m. and failed to heed a stop sign at West Lemon Street, where he was hit by the eastbound pickup, police said. Alonso, of 12502 Trailblazer Loop, suffered a head injury when he was thrown onto the pavement, police said. The driver was described as a thin, balding, white male in his 40s. Anyone with information was asked to call police at (813) 231-6130. Call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477 (TIPS) to be eligible for a $1,000 reward.