M.A.I.T. Crash Investigation

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
- Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.)

Julie Henning, W/F (Bicyclist - Injured)
DOB: 03/09/76
Address: 13 East Oak Street, Alexandria, VA

John Leppert (Driver - Uninjured)
DOB: 05/20/82
Address: 2100 57th Avenue North, St. Petersburg FL
Vehicle: City of Madeira Beach Garbage Truck

What:
Deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team are investigating a garbage truck vs bicycle crash in Madeira Beach.

When:
The crash occurred at about 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 23, 2020.

Where:
The crash occurred at 129 Avenue West and Gulf Boulevard.

Why/How:
Deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team are investigating a garbage truck vs bicycle crash in Madeira Beach.

According to investigators, 38 year-old John Leppert was crossing northeast on Gulf Boulevard to get to 129th Avenue West in a City of Madeira Beach garbage truck.

Deputies say 44 year-old Julie Henning was riding her bicycle in the designated bike lane northbound over John’s Pass Bridge on Gulf Boulevard, approaching 129th Avenue West. 

According to a witness and the garbage truck passenger, Henning was unable to stop at the base of the hill after crossing the bridge.  Henning struck the passenger side of the garbage truck, ejecting her from her bicycle.  Henning was wearing a helmet.

Henning was transported to Bayfront Hospital with critical injuries.

Impairment and speed do not appear to be a factor in the crash.

The investigation continues.

Posted by Travis Sibley Saturday, May 23, 2020 1:29:00 PM Categories: Vehicle Crashes

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