TAMPA — A 67-year-old bicyclist was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital with life-threatening injuries Monday after a car hit him on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard as he crossed the street mid-block, police said.
The crash happened about 12:30 p.m. between Commerce Palms Drive and the south entrance ramp for Interstate 75.
Police say the car's driver, Stephanie Miller, 23, hit her brakes but was not able to stop in time. Though detectives are still investigating, police say it appears Miller was not at fault.
Authorities chose to airlift the man, Albert Sims Dyson, 67, of Lutz because of his injuries.
To land the helicopter, authorities briefly shut Bruce B. Downs near the crash site. By 2:20 p.m., all northbound and southbound lanes were open.
On a normal day, Bruce B. Downs is a busy, four-lane road and lately, the stretch of road near Commerce Palms Drive has been under construction as workers widen New Tampa's main artery.
Police spokeswoman Andrea Davis said she couldn't say yet whether construction affected the bicyclist's route.
Monday evening, police said Dyson's medical condition had stabilized.
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