A Safety Harbor bicyclist was seriously injured when he was pinned beneath a city garbage truck Tuesday morning, Pinellas Sheriff's officials reported.
It happened at 11:30 a.m. just off Phillipe Parkway at First Avenue N and Sixth Street, deputies said. Alexander J. Aponte, 19, was riding a mountain bike south on the sidewalk on First Avenue N approaching Sixth Street, deputies said.
Witnesses told deputies that Aponte appeared to panic when he saw the truck, which was entering the intersection. Aponte abruptly turned right and crashed into a telephone pole, deputies said. He then flew off the bike and landed beneath the rear wheels of the sanitation truck, which rolled over him.
The driver, Eric S. Davis, 44, stopped the truck, called 911 and gave first aid to Aponte, who was conscious, deputies said. Paramedics took Aponte to Bayfront Medical Center by helicopter. An updated condition was not available Tuesday night.
No one was charged. The sheriff's office is investigating.