Published: Oct 08, 2010 3:29 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 08, 2010 12:29 PM EDT

GULF BREEZE, Fla. (AP) - A Panhandle man on a cross-country bike ride to raise awareness and funds for victims of this year's massive Gulf oil spill has been struck and killed by a passing vehicle.

Roger Grooters began his ride across America Sept. 10 in Oceanside, Calif. The 66-year-old man's family tells the Pensacola News Journal that he was just days from finishing his 3,200-mile journey when he was hit by a truck outside of Panama City on Wednesday morning.

Funeral services are planned for Monday in Gulf Breeze near Pensacola Beach.