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St. Paul bicyclist dies after SUV collision

A 51-year-old St. Paul woman died Saturday, several hours after being struck by at SUV near Summit and Snelling Avenues, the Star Tribune reported.

Virginia Heuerbowar (reported as Heuer-Bowar by the Pioneer Press) was hit at 8:10 a.m., Pete Panos, a spokesman for St. Paul police, said.

Heuerbowar was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. She had sustained head injuries, although she was wearing a helmet, and died about 3 p.m.

Panos said Heuerbowar had been riding east on Summit Avenue from Snelling. The driver of the SUV, a 39-year-old Minneapolis man, told police he was driving east on a service road that merges onto Summit Avenue and had stopped at a stop sign at the merger.

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

There were no witnesses to the accident. Police released the driver, pending investigation.