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Bicyclist In Critical Condition After Crash

A bicyclist was riding at night without lights and was struck by a Ford truck on Proctor Road in Sarasota, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

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.

Cathy May 27, 2012 at 04:48 PM
I could never understand why bicycles travel with traffic. They rarely have side or rear view mirrors and even mohers do not really have ees in the back of their head as many tell their children. It is impossible for them to be cognizant of traffic coming from behind. Many even listen to music when riding as evident from the earbud wires clearly visible to the drivers and passengers of cars that must share the road.
Cathy May 27, 2012 at 07:36 PM
That would be .... Mothers do not have eyes in the back of their heads...
tbfc May 28, 2012 at 08:01 PM
My friend saw this accident happen and called 911,in the bicyclist defense they said he was clearly over as far as he could have been when he was hit..

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