PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (CW44 News 10 a.m.) – October 13, 2021, approximately At 6:07 a.m., deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) responded at Park Boulevard Bridge to examine a vehicle against bicycle accidents.
According to investigators, 60-year-old cyclist Sherry Nowotarski was riding her bike west across the bridge when she lost control of the bike and fell into the curb. Investigators say 41-year-old Lenon Ashford drove a 2015 Dodge Dart west across the bridge. Ashford could not help but hit Nowotarski and hit her with the passenger side of his vehicle.
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Nowotarski was transported to Bayfront Hospital, where she is in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.
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Speed and weakening do not seem to be factors in this crash.
Nowotarski is a civilian employee of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and was hired on November 1, 2010.
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The investigation continues.
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