PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – On October 13, 2021, at approximately 6:07 a.m, deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) responded to the Park Boulevard Bridge to investigate a vehicle versus bicyclist crash.
According to investigators, 60-year-old bicyclist Sherry Nowotarski was riding her bicycle westbound over the bridge, when she lost control of the bicycle and fell into the curb lane. Investigators say 41-year-old Lenon Ashford was driving a 2015 Dodge Dart westbound over the bridge. Ashford was unable to avoid hitting Nowotarski and struck her with the passenger side of his vehicle.READ MORE: Drive-Thru Pumpkin Patch Put On By Sheriff Chad Chronister
Nowotarski was transported to Bayfront Hospital where she is in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.READ MORE: Dental Records Show The Remains Found In The Carlton Reserve Are Those Of Brian Laundrie
Speed and impairment do not appear to be factors in this crash.
Nowotarski is a civilian employee at the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and was hired November 1, 2010.MORE NEWS: Supply Chain Issues: 'There Really Are Problems Everywhere,' Even For Small Companies
The investigation continues.