Bicyclist fatally hit by SUV on St. Paul's Summit Avenue

  • Updated: September 28, 2008 - 11:48 PM

A 51-year-old St. Paul woman died Saturday, about seven hours after her bicycle and a sport-utility vehicle collided near Summit and Snelling Avenues, in an area that is popular with bicyclists.

Virginia Heuerbowar was wearing a helmet when she was hit at 8:10 a.m., said Pete Panos, a spokesman for St. Paul police.

Panos said Heuerbowar had been riding east on Summit Avenue from Snelling. A service road there also runs east and merges onto Summit Avenue. A 39-year-old Minneapolis man told police he was eastbound on that service road and had stopped at a stop sign where the road merges onto Summit.

"He stopped and accelerated, and all of a sudden, she was in front of him," Panos said the man had told police.

There were no independent witnesses, Panos said. No tickets were issued to the driver, though the accident remains under investigation.

Heuerbowar was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with severe head injuries and died there about 3 p.m. She lived with her husband, Jeff, in the 800 block of Laurel Avenue, not far from where the accident happened.

JOY POWELL

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