72-year-old bicyclist dies day after Estero hit and run

Writer: Derrick Shaw
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Tom Simon (Photo courtesy of Craig Simon)

A man seriously injured after being hit by a vehicle while riding his bicycle in Estero on Friday morning has died.

The Florida Highway Patrol says the 72-year-old man from Waterdown, Ontario, Canada, was riding his bicycle southbound in the outside bicycle lane of Three Oaks Parkway, approaching Coconut Road, at 6:15 a.m., when a vehicle hit him from behind, throwing him off the bike.

The driver in an unknown vehicle fled the scene southbound on Three Oaks Pkwy.

The family has identified the victim as Tom Simon, a prolific cyclist who had ridden over 12,000 miles this year alone. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, troopers say. He died Saturday afternoon, the family said.

If anyone has information regarding the hit and run, call *FHP.

You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000. Tips may also be made online at southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or on the P3Tips mobile app.

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