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Lutz bicyclist suffers life-threatening injuries in crash

LUTZ — Deputies say a 24-year-old bicyclist suffered serious injuries after he crossed into the lane of a 1993 Ford Thunderbird on Livingston Avenue.

This is what the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office says happened:

At about 5 p.m. Thursday, Robert Bruce Haines II, 24, was riding on the right shoulder of northbound Livingston Avenue.

At Andrea Lynn Drive, Haines made a U-turn, crossing into traffic in both the north and southbound lanes. One vehicle narrowly missed him before the Thunderbird, driven by Carlos Enrique Adames, 69, of Tampa, hit Haines.

Deputies say Adames did not see Haines and hit the back of his bicycle. Haines was thrown from his bike and taken to St. Joseph's Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at jvandervelde@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3433.

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