SPRING HILL — A Wesley Chapel man is facing charges after Florida Highway Patrol troopers said he hit a 14-year-old bicyclist with his SUV on Monday night, fled the scene and eluded police by driving through the landing area for a helicopter airlifting the boy to a hospital.
William J. Machacek, who was riding his Huffy bicycle on U.S. 41, was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, according to troopers' reports.
His family has declined interviews but said through hospital spokeswoman Beverly Littlejohn on Tuesday that William's condition is critical.
He had been traveling south on the east shoulder of the road about 2.5 miles south of County Line Road when he was struck by an SUV heading north.
Sheriff's deputies said the driver was Nathan Wayne Young, 52, who was arrested after a brief chase. According to a deputy's report, Young drove off after a deputy had stopped him. He headed north, made a U-turn and drove around the deputy.
Young then steered south on U.S. 41 and through the helicopter landing zone set up by Pasco County firefighters. Young was arrested at the scene.
He was charged with fleeing and eluding police and remained in the Land O'Lakes jail Tuesday in lieu of $10,000 bail. During Young's appearance in court Tuesday, prosecutors said his blood-alcohol content was three times the legal limit, according to a Bay News 9 report. No charges of drunken driving had yet been reported, but the FHP said more charges are pending.
Young sustained only minor injuries and was driving a 1998 Ford Expedition, the FHP said.
Authorities are continuing to investigate the crash.