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Man riding bike hurt in accident

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published June 21, 2002

TAMPA -- A man riding a bicycle near downtown was hit by a car and critically injured Thursday night.

The man, whose identity was not released, was leaving the Citgo station at Armenia Avenue and was crossing W Laurel Street on a blue bicycle about 9:30 p.m. when he was hit by a 1998 Ford Taurus, police said.

"He jumped right out in front of me," said the driver, Emilio Salabarria, 68, of Valrico. "Two more feet and I would have missed the guy."

Police at the scene said four witnesses said the bicyclist darted in front of the car. No charges were filed.

The man was taken to Tampa General Hospital and listed in critical condition late Thursday.

"I hope he pulls through," Salabarria said. "It'll kill me if he doesn't."

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