Cyclist, 63, hit by pickup truck, killed

FHP investigating whether alcohol was factor in crash

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PALM COAST, Fla. - Charges are pending against the driver of a truck after Florida Highway Patrol investigators say the driver hit and killed a bicyclist in Palm Coast Wednesday night.

According to a report by FHP, 30-year-old Leila Gould, of Bunnell, was driving a 2004 Nissan Frontier pickup truck, traveling northbound in the outside lane of U.S. 1, about an eighth of a mile south of Belle Terre Boulevard.

According to the report, 63-year-old Deborah Dunn was riding a 26-inch Huffy "Stone Mountain" bicycle northbound along U.S. 1 within the paved shoulder just ahead of the truck.

FHP investigators say around 6:58 p.m., the truck traveled out of its lane onto the east grass shoulder and re-entered the roadway, striking the rear of the bicycle and knocking the Dunn onto the grass shoulder.

Dunn died at the scene of the crash, according to the report.

FHP is still investigating why Gould, the truck driver, swerved out of the lane and onto the grass.

Gould had a passenger with her in the truck. FHP said they both were unharmed and were wearing seat belts. In reference to Gould, alcohol was not a factor in the crash, according to the FHP report.

FHP is still investigating whether Dunn had alcohol in her system. Investigators say Dunn was not wearing a helmet while riding her bike.

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