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Bicyclist critically hurt in Palm Harbor crash

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.

Bicyclist critically hurt in Palm Harbor crash 04/07/10 [Last modified: Thursday, April 8, 2010 10:54am]
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