PALM HARBOR — A 49-year-old bicyclist was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon in an accident at Nebraska Avenue and U.S. 19, officials said.
Richard D. Petrdil-Whitney of Palm Harbor was listed in critical condition at Bayfront Medical Center.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 2002 Isuzu SUV struck Petrdil-Whitney, who was on a 2009 Redline bike, shortly after 4:30 p.m.
Authorities say the SUV, driven by 17-year-old Dylan C. Tinsley of Palm Harbor, was westbound on Nebraska Avenue when Petrdil-Whitney tried to cross the road in front of an entrance to a Hess gas station.
The vehicle struck the right side of the bike, and Petrdil-Whitney was thrown to the ground.
Petrdil-Whitney was not in a crosswalk, the highway patrol said. Authorities are still investigating.