David Formato, 53, died at the scene of the accident in late May when he was struck on his bicycle by a vehicle involved in a two car collision at the corner of 34th Street and 13th Avenue North in St. Petersburg, Florida. The accident occurred at approximately 10 am on May 30, 2012.
A white Kia was in the process of making a left turn at the intersection when it collided with an oncoming Honda. The force of the St. Petersburg car accident sent the Honda into Formato as he was waiting to cross the road on his bike. The bicyclist was killed instantly, according to reports.
Fellow cyclist Mike Moody of St. Petersburg happened upon the scene of the accident shortly after it occurred.
“The poor guy was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Moody said to reporters, “It’s a shame.”
According to law enforcement authorities, 19-year old Terreena Robinson was heading south on 34th street. She was turning left onto 13th Avenue North when she collided with 25-year old Sean Self’s Honda. Both drivers sustained minor injuries in the St Petersburg car accident and were transported to a local hospital. Neither driver has been charged in the accident, but an investigation into the accident was still in process when it was reported by the Tampa Bay Times.
Formato was a resident of St. Petersburg who had been raised in the Tampa Bay area. He made his living working as a carpenter in the area and had a daughter in college as well as a son in the military.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, this is the second fatal bike accident in St. Petersburg this year. There were five similar fatalities reported in 2011.