Bicyclist killed in Monday wreck

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Published: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 11:27 AM.

A bicyclist was killed Monday afternoon while riding along the shoulder of State Road 189.

Rodney L. Synder, 39, of Crestview, was northbound on the road’s paved shoulder near the intersection with County Road 4A when a 4-door Toyota struck the back of his bicycle, according to a news release from the Florida Highway Patrol.

He was not wearing a helmet.

The driver of the vehicle, William J. Linder, 65, of Shalimar, was not injured in the crash.

It wasn’t immediately clear why Linder’s vehicle drifted onto the shoulder and struck Synder, but charges were pending a full investigation, the report stated.

Alcohol was not a factor in the accident.

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