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Panhandle patrol car fatally strikes cyclist

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Posted at 9:07 AM, Oct 06, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-06 09:07:00-04

CENTURY, Fla. (AP) - A deputy's patrol car struck and killed a man on a bicycle in the Florida Panhandle.

The crash happened early Sunday as 26-year-old Paul Martin Upton was riding his bicycle along State Road 4 in Century. Deputy James L. Miller was driving a Santa Rosa Sheriff's vehicle in emergency mode when he hit Upton.

The Northwest Florida Daily News (http://bit.ly/1rRvExn ) reports Upton wasn't wearing a helmet. He was taken to a hospital where he died a short time later. The patrol car had some $3,000 in damages. The deputy had minor injuries.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. ___ Information from: Northwest Florida Daily News (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.), http://www.nwfdailynews.com

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