A bicyclist is in critical condition at Blake Medical Center Saturday night after he was struck by a Ford truck on Proctor and Bliss roads.
It happened at 8:54 p.m. Saturday when a 1997 Ford F350 driven by Danny Lewis, 21 of Sarasota, was behind the bicyclist, Lester Hawley, 46, of Sarasota, when both were traveling eastbound on Proctor Road, according to Florida Highway Patrol.
The driver of the Ford failed to see the bicycle, which was traveling without safety lights, and the truck struck the bike with the truck's right front, according to Highway Patrol.
Lewis is charged with careless driving while charges are pending against Hawley, according to Highway Patrol. Florida law requires that bicyclists riding at night have a headlight and a tail light.