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Clearwater cyclist dies in Dunedin crash
Published:   |   Updated: May 16, 2013 at 08:49 PM

A Clearwater man died after he was thrown from his bike during a ride in Dunedin Sunday afternoon.

Henry J. Ellowitz, 69 of 2254 Norwegian Dive, was riding his bike east on the Causeway Boulevard drawbridge about 4:17 p.m. when a tree branch became lodged in his front spoke. The branch locked up the front tire, throwing Ellowitz over the handlebars and onto the ground, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Two drivers – one a certified nurse's assistant and the other an EMT – stopped to help Ellowitz, giving him CPR until Dunedin Fire Rescue arrived. But he was unresponsive when the two stopped to help.

Ellowitz, who was wearing a helmet, was taken by ambulance to Mease Dunedin Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:16 p.m.

The accident, which remains under investigation, closed the causeway for about 20 minutes, according to the sheriff's office.