Four bicyclists have been hospitalized after they were seriously injured in a crash involving another vehicle on Ridge Road in Port Richey, according to Pasco County Fire Rescue officials.
According to the agency, the bicyclists were struck by the liftgate of a vehicle ahead of them that dislodged and fell open.
The driver of the vehicle initially kept driving, but Port Richey Police later caught up with him.
All four bicyclists were transported to Bayonet Point Hospital. Three were transported as trauma alerts.
The crash happened just before 7:30 p.m. when a Florida Cancer Specialist tractor trailer was headed eastbound on Ridge Road when the gate fell off, hitting the cyclists on the sidewalk.
Authorities said there were seven people on bicycles total but three of the riders were able to avoid getting hit by the gate. The other four were not.
Also, police said the driver kept going after the crash.
However, it is unclear if they even knew what happened. The driver is cooperating with authorities.
As of now, the driver is not facing any charges. The investigation is ongoing.
Port Richey is a great place to ride a bike. However, even if bikers use the bike lanes they can be injured by reckless or careless motorists who fail to keep a proper lookout out for bicyclists. Every year, numerous serious injuries and fatalities related to bicycle accidents occur throughout Port Richey and Florida, and all over the United States as well. If you have suffered serious injuries in a bicycle accident, or if a loved one has died as a result of a car vs. bicycle accident, our Pasco County Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton can help you during this stressful period.