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Sarasota bicyclist in critical condition after collision

A bicyclist was critically injured Saturday night when he was hit by a pickup truck, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Lester E. Hawley, 46, of Sarasota, was riding a bike eastbound on Proctor Road, near the intersection of Bliss Road just before 9 p.m., when he was struck by a Ford pickup also heading eastbound, driven by Danny E. Lewis, 21, of Sarasota, the accident report said.

Hawley, whose bicycle did not have lights, was taken to Blake Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition, the report said.

Lewis was cited for careless driving; charges against Hawley are pending, the report said.

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