Baltimore man dies when bike hits van outside Westminster


A Baltimore bicycle builder died yesterday afternoon after his bicycle struck a minivan in Carroll County, state police said.

Just before 3 p.m., Thomas J. Bruni, 54, of the 2000 block of Sylvan Ave. was riding south on Halter Road approaching Stone Road, about four miles north of Westminster. At the same time, a 1998 Pontiac Trans Sport minivan was traveling west on Stone Road, approaching the same intersection.

State police said that the minivan passed through the intersection and was hit by the bike. Bruni had failed to halt at the stop sign, according to authorities.

Bruni was taken to Carroll Hospital Center, where he was later pronounced dead. Five passengers in the minivan were taken to the hospital with minor cuts and abrasions.

Bruni owned Bruni Bicycles, police said, where he designed and built mountain, road and tandem bicycles.

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