Gainesville police identify bicyclist fatally struck by trailer

Gainesville Fire Rescue and police responded to a wreck on NW 13th Street Tuesday. Photo provided by Gainesville Fire Rescue.

Gainesville police have identified a bicyclist who died Tuesday after they say he was struck by a trailer.

David P. Fitzgerald, 57, died Tuesday at UF Shands Health, Gainesville Police say.

Officers say Fitzgerald was riding his bike on NW 13th Street around 1 p..m. when it appears he rode through hydraulic oil that spilled from the back of a truck. Police say Fitzgerald slipped into the path of a heavy duty trailer being hauled by a passing truck. Witnesses told officers the truck tried to swerve to avoid striking Fitzgerald.

Police say the investigation is still active and could take months to complete.