74-year-old bicyclist killed in accident in Pasco County

A 74-year-old bicyclist was killed in an accident Wednesday afternoon in Pasco County.

Michael Beardi, 74, of New Port Richey was on a bicycle without a helmet at the southeast corner of the intersection of DeCubellis Road and Ridge Road, attempting to cross westbound to the southwest corner of the intersection via a marked pedestrian crosswalk while facing a steady red pedestrian control signal, according to a Florida Highway Patrol accident report. Jerome Barraia, 82, of New Port Richey was at the wheel of a 2010 Hyundai Sonata while travelling southbound on DeCubellis Road when Beardi entered the path of Barraia’s vehicle resulting in a collision, the report stated.

Beardi was transported to Morton Plant North Bay Hospital where he died from his injuries. Charges are pending.