Saturday, December 16, 2017
News Roundup

Two Zephyrhills men hospitalized after car hit tree

CLEARWATER

Bicyclist struck, injured by vehicle

A bicyclist was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries early Saturday after being struck by a vehicle, police said.

Daniel R. Rothwell, 60, of Clearwater collided with a 2003 Mercedes Benz at about 1 a.m. at Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard and Lake Avenue.

"Alcohol is believed to be a factor on the part of the bicyclist," Elizabeth Watts, the city's public safety spokeswoman, said in a news release.

Both Rothwell and the vehicle's driver, Ronald F. Hale, 60, of Clearwater, were westbound on Gulf-to-Bay. Rothwell was riding a bike with no lights on the sidewalk, police said. Police said Hale turned onto Lake Avenue just as Rothwell was crossing it. The two collided.

Rothwell was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, where he was listed in critical but stable condition Saturday afternoon, hospital officials said.

No other details about the crash were released.

ZEPHYRHILLS

Two hospitalized after car runs into tree

Two people were seriously injured early Saturday after their car crashed into a tree, authorities said.

The accident occurred about 3:12 a.m. on Bernadette Drive, north of Francine Drive.

The Florida Highway Patrol said driver Tadd D. Wable, 20, of Zephyrhills lost control of a 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse as he navigated a curve. The car left the roadway, struck a tree, overturned and then also hit a utility pole. Wable and the passenger, Julian M. Duffy, 21, of Zephyrhills, were airlifted to St. Joseph's Hospital. On Saturday afternoon, Wable was listed in critical condition and Duffy in serious condition, said Jacqueline Tolley, spokeswoman for the hospital.

No other details about the crash were released.

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