According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 45-year-old Fort Myers bicyclist was critically injured in Port Charlotte on early Saturday morning after being hit by a car. The cyclist was traveling westbound on Gibralter Drive when he was struck by a car around 1 a.m.
Authorities say the driver hit the bicyclist from behind, which caused him to be thrown from his bike. The 25-year-old motorist then changed lanes quickly to avoid hitting the cyclist before leaving the scene of the accident.
The bicyclist was flown to a local hospital, where he remains in critical condition. Law enforcement says the crash is still under investigation. If you or anyone you know witnessed or has information about the wreck or the driver who caused it, please call the Florida Highway Patrol at 239-344-1830, ext. 1156.
The most common reasons motorists leave the scenes of accidents are because they are unlicensed, uninsured or underinsured, were driving distracted or too fast, or were under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time of the crash.
Leaving the scene of an accident with an injury is a third degree felony offense in Florida. A motorist could face up to five years in prison for fleeing the crash scene. The driver could also be responsible in paying for the injured party’s crash-related medical bills, lost wages, and damages.