Bicyclist flown to Bayfront following crash

MANATEE -- A 59-year-old bicyclist was flown to Bayfront Medical Center following an accident Tuesday, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

She was headed southbound in the 1700 block of 75th Street West at about 4:40 p.m. when she swerved off the bike lane and ended up directly in the path of a pickup, according to a trooper.

The driver of the pickup attempted to brake to avoid a collision, but struck the rear view of the bike causing the woman to fall, the trooper said. She was entangled in the bike at the time the paramedics arrived.

The bicyclist, who was wearing a helmet, is listed in serious condition.