Bicyclist badly injured when truck hits him
A 60-year-old Tarpon Springs bicyclist suffered serious injuries Wednesday morning when he was sideswiped by a truck on Hayman Road in Hernando County. Gerard R. Rutigliano was riding near Culbreath Road when he was hit by a 1998 Dodge Ram traveling in the same direction, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Rutigliano was thrown from his bike and landed on the grass shoulder, troopers said. He was flown to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson, where he remained in guarded condition Thursday, a hospital spokesman said. The driver of the truck, 63-year-old Anibal Triano of Masaryktown, was not injured. Glare was cited as a possible factor in the collision, which happened as the sun was rising about 7:30 a.m., but troopers gave Triano a citation for failing to yield the right of way, according to an FHP report.
Kids' 'Play Day' moves to new site
A "Play Day" event that had been scheduled for R.E. Olds Park on Saturday morning has been moved to another Oldsmar park because a larger event — an appearance by Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan — is being held at R.E. Olds Park instead. So the "Play Day" will now be held at Bicentennial Park, 423 Lafayette Blvd. in Oldsmar. To reinforce the benefits of outdoor play, Oldsmar is inviting kids ages 5-12 and their parents to this free event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The city is planning games, sports, projects, crafts, canoes and fishing. All materials are provided and free, including equipment and gear for canoeing and fishing. No registration or recreation card is needed.
Bike Safety Rodeo rolls in Saturday
The Holiday Sharing Fund is holding its first annual Bike Safety Rodeo on Saturday morning in Oldsmar. The free event runs from 10 a.m. to noon at 101 State St., the City Council chamber parking lot at the Historical Bank Building. Children will be able to learn proper bike safety at the event. Eligible ages are listed as "from trike to bike." The event will include a sizing station to custom-fit children's bike helmets; helmets given to those in need; a booth to register bikes with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. For more information, call (813) 855-4233.