(ran North, South editions)
A 60-year-old man was in serious condition on Friday after being struck by a van on U.S. 19 late Wednesday. Harold Ayling of Great Britain was crossing the highway east to west near Green Key Road at 11:54 p.m. when he was hit by a Dodge van headed south, New Port Richey police reported. Ayling was flown in critical condition to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. The driver of the van, Joseph Jones, 63, of Spring Hill, was not charged. A witness said Jones could not have avoided the crash, police said. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact Officer Keith Campbell at (727) 841-4550.