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Van hits bicyclist in Clearwater; roadblock cleared

A minivan sat next to police cruisers and a crushed bicycle Friday morning after a collision sent a cyclist to Bayfront Medical Center via airlift.

JIM DAMASKE | Times

A minivan sat next to police cruisers and a crushed bicycle Friday morning after a collision sent a cyclist to Bayfront Medical Center via airlift.

CLEARWATER — A Clearwater man trying to cross Court Street on a bicycle was rushed to the hospital after he was struck by a minivan and seriously injured Friday morning.

Tadd Rice, 46, was attempting to ride his bike south across the westbound lanes of Court at about 7:23 a.m. Friday, according to the Clearwater Police Department.

At the intersection of Court and Lincoln Avenue, just east of Missouri Avenue, Rice was hit by a Dodge Caravan driven by Safety Harbor resident Sandra Hobrack, 44, police said.

Clearwater Fire and Rescue workers responded to the scene. Rice was airlifted to Bayfront Medical Center, where he was being treated for possibly life-threatening injuries.

The accident blocked the westbound lanes of Court Street for several hours Friday morning, but it was cleared by 10 a.m., police said.

Times photographer Jim Demaske contributed to this report.

Van hits bicyclist in Clearwater; roadblock cleared 03/01/13 [Last modified: Friday, March 1, 2013 11:49am]

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