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Hit-and-run injures two motorcyclists

Two people injured in a Sunday evening hit-and-run crash remained in a Tampa hospital Monday as authorities searched for the vehicle that struck their motorcycle.

Beverly J. Bender, 52, of Lecanto and Brian S. Willis, 46, of Dunnellon were in critical condition Monday evening, said a spokeswoman for Tampa General Hospital.

According to a Florida Highway Patrol crash report, Willis and Bender were driving south on U.S. 19 near Servos Square Shopping Center about 6 p.m. when an unidentified vehicle hit the back of their motorcycle.

The vehicle, believed to be a late 1980s red Ford pickup, did not stop after the wreck, according to the report.

The driver of the truck appeared to be driving recklessly, the report said, weaving in and out of traffic before it struck the motorcycle.

The truck is believed to have damage to its right front side. It may also be streaked with blue paint from where it hit the motorcycle.

The force of the collision threw Bender and Willis off the bike. Neither was wearing a helmet, according to the FHP.

Bender was tossed into the southbound lane, where she was struck by two oncoming vehicles. The drivers of those cars also didn't stop following the collision.

An exact description of those two vehicles was unavailable Monday. According to the FHP report, both are believed to be passenger vehicles, one white and the other red.

Bender and Willis were taken by helicopter to Tampa General.

Anyone with information about the wreck is asked to call the FHP at 1-800-500-1240.