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Bicyclist Suffers Head Injuries in Memorial Causeway Crash

The 64-year-old man lost control of his bike on the sidewalk of the Memorial Causeway Bridge in Clearwater and suffered life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

UPDATE: David F. Carlivati, who suffered life-threatening injuries from a bicycle accident on Memorial Causeway Bridge Tuesday morning, is listed in critical condition Wednesday, according to Clearwater Police.

Police released Carlivati's name after notifying his family.

A bicyclist who lost control of his bike on the Memorial Causeway Bridge was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, Clearwater authorities said Tuesday.

The 64-year-old man, who was not identified pending notification of his next of kin, was riding westbound down the north sidewalk of the bridge around 11:45 a.m.

"At some point the subject became separated from his bicycle and traveled several feet before landing on the sidewalk," Clearwater public safety spokesperson Elizabeth Watts said in a media release.

Although he was wearing a helmet, the man suffered head injuries and was flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Watts said.

About 15 minutes later, a second bicyclist traveling westbound on the south sidewalk of the bridge apparently crashed after picking up speed and losing control of his bike, Watts said. He suffered a broken bone in his arm and was taken to Largo Medical Center for treatment, officials said.

*updated 10:50 a.m. Jan. 16, 2013

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Joe January 16, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Bicycles are dangerous and cause many deaths and dismemberments. They kill our children and maim our elders. These wicked contraptions must be eliminated, especially if they are black in color and have handlebars. Eliminate all bicycles now. We must pass a law immediately. Our President can do this through "executive" order and by-pass Congress. We must not waste time on this dangerous matter. Contact your public officials and demand action. Marches must be instigated and mothers must march for the protection of their children. Demand that Wal-Mart stop selling these horrible contraptions and machines of death immediately!
Michael D. January 16, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Understand what you are saying, but in poor taste. Just really bad taste.
Sab48 January 16, 2013 at 11:24 PM
I was walking on that bridge the day before and there were many other walkers. A biker blew by us without yelling on your right or ringing a bell. If one of us had stepped slightly to our right, we would surely have been hit and possibly killed. Thus biker had to have been going in excess of 40 mph. Another thing, my husband us hearing impaired, so bikers must realize that even yelling won't get everyone's attention. It's a bridge for goodness sakes, with loads if people walking. SLOW DOWN
Zigsauered March 21, 2013 at 09:48 PM
Joe I agree with you. Thousands of people are killed by these bikes every year. The people that ride them are free to disobey the laws of the road. When I was in the 6th grade I had an accident that nearly took my life leaving me with a large knot on my head that I have to this day. NO ONE even told me to wear a helmet much less legally enforce me to do so. I wish that a cop arrested me before I slid 200 feet down a hill side.

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