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Driver Who Killed St. Petersburg Cyclist Saturday Charged With DUI Manslaughter

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Matthew Cook

St. Petersburg Police have arrested Matthew Cook of St. Petersburg, the man suspected of killing a cyclist last week.

He's facing several criminal charges, including DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, and child abuse.  Police say Cook was speeding through South St. Petersburg on Saturday with his 3-year-old daughter strapped into her car seat. 

Police think he was racing another car when he tried to pass on the right.  That's when his car plowed into Kris Ann Jones, who was cruising along in the bike lane.  Jones and her bike landed on Cook's windshield and she died at the scene.

St. Petersburg Police say the force of the collision was so powerful it sent a Dodge Durango parked along 1st Avenue South into a tree, and hurled Jones to the pavement.

The wreck landed Cook in the hospital, in serious condition.  His little girl was treated and released from All Children's.

When Cook got out of the hospital today, police arrested him.  Investigators have determined that at the time of the accident, Cook was under the influence of multiple drugs, such as cocaine, methadone, and oxycodone.