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3 Palm Harbor bicyclists seriously injured in Pinellas crash

A 16-year-old driver turned her car into the path of two people on a tandem bike and a third cyclist on his own bike on East Lake Road, troopers said.
A damaged tandem bicycle lies in the grass at the scene of a crash involving two bicycles and a car at the intersection of East Lake Road and Trinity Boulevard on Thursday. The driver of the car turned into the path of the bicyclists, causing them to hit the passenger side of the car, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Two cyclists on the tandem and another cyclist on his own bike were seriously injured, troopers said.
A damaged tandem bicycle lies in the grass at the scene of a crash involving two bicycles and a car at the intersection of East Lake Road and Trinity Boulevard on Thursday. The driver of the car turned into the path of the bicyclists, causing them to hit the passenger side of the car, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Two cyclists on the tandem and another cyclist on his own bike were seriously injured, troopers said. [ Florida Highway Patrol ]
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EAST LAKE — Three bicyclists were hospitalized with serious injuries Thursday after a motorist turned her car into their path on East Lake Road, troopers said.

The cyclists, all from Palm Harbor, included a 64-year-old man on a single-rider bicycle and a 65-year-old man and a 61-year-old woman on a tandem bicycle, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

A 16-year-old girl was driving this sedan Thursday morning when she drove into the path of three bicyclists at the intersection of East Lake Road and Trinity Boulevard, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. All three cyclists hit the right passenger side of the car and suffered severe injuries.
A 16-year-old girl was driving this sedan Thursday morning when she drove into the path of three bicyclists at the intersection of East Lake Road and Trinity Boulevard, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. All three cyclists hit the right passenger side of the car and suffered severe injuries. [ Courtesy of Florida Highway Patrol ]

The cyclists were riding north on East Lake Road in a designated bicycle lane approaching the intersection of Trinity Boulevard around 8:30 a.m. At the same time, a 16-year-old New Port Richey girl driving south on East Lake Road in a sedan stopped in the left-hand turn lane, then turned left into the cyclists’ path, troopers said.

Both bicycles collided with the right side of the girl’s car, causing serious injuries to all three cyclists. They were taken to local hospitals for treatment. The teen driver was not injured.

The driver of the sedan was cited for violating the cyclists’ right of way, a Highway Patrol spokesperson said.

The Highway Patrol typically does not release the names of people involved in crashes.

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