Cyclist, motorist die in unrelated accidents

GULFPORT

A man on a bicycle and a motorist have died in unrelated traffic accidents in Gulfport.

Coroner Gary Hargrove identified them as Gulfport residents James R. Pelfrey, 44, and Leon Anderson, 86.

Hargrove said Pelfrey died around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday of injuries suffered on Seaway Road during a storm the night before. He was hit from behind while on his bicycle, around 10:55 p.m. Monday.

Gulfport police said Pelfrey was hit by a 2010 Ford Edge driven by Anthony Green, 23, of Gulfport. The bicycle and SUV were both eastbound.

Pelfrey died at Memorial Hospital.

The coroner said Anderson was wearing a seat belt when his 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier left Beach Pharmacy on Cowan Road around 3:40 p.m. Monday and crossed northbound lanes to go south.

Police said a northbound 2001 Ford Windstar struck the Cavalier’s door. Police did not release the other driver’s name.

Anderson died at Garden Park Medical Center.

By ROBIN FITZGERALD – rfitzgerald@sunherald.com

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