Bicycle rider hit in Sarasota

SARASOTA - A 21-year-old man riding his bicycle in a bicycle lane was seriously injured at 4:15 p.m. Thursday when he was struck by a sport utility vehicle.

A 2007 Acura MDX sports utility was southbound on Higel Avenue when its driver apparently suffered a blackout, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

The Acura driver crossed the northbound lane and entered the northbound bicycle lane, the report states.

After striking the bicyclist, the vehicle hit a mailbox, gate and the wall of a house at 4099 Higel Ave., Sarasota, according to the report.

No charges will be filed against the driver who hit the bicyclist, the report states.

The bike rider, who was from Quarryville, Pa., was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for treatment.