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Motorcyclist injured in St. Petersburg after hitting pickup at red light

ST. PETERSBURG — A 54-year-old motorcyclist was hospitalized with head injuries after running into the back of a pickup stopped at a red light Sunday night, according to police.

Francis Wells of St. Petersburg was taken to Bayfront Medical Center after the 7:30 p.m. crash at 22nd Avenue N and 49th Street N. The hospital reported Monday that he was in critical condition.

Police said Wells was westbound on 22 Avenue N, approaching 49th Street N. A 2009 Ford pickup driven by Arthur Caufield, 45, of St. Petersburg also was westbound on 22nd Avenue N, but had stopped at a red light. He was in the left turn lane at the 49th Street intersection, according to St. Petersburg police.

Police said Wells' Harley-Davidson was unable to stop in time and hit the right rear of the Ford. The motorcycle fell onto its right side, causing Wells to hit his head on the pavement. He was not wearing a helmet, police said.

The crash remains under investigation, St. Petersburg police said on Monday.

Motorcyclist injured in St. Petersburg after hitting pickup at red light 02/14/11 [Last modified: Monday, February 14, 2011 4:54pm]
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