Report: Bicyclist injured in hit and run

PORT CHARLOTTE- A Punta Gorda man was bicycling east on Harbor Boulevard, attempting
to cross U.S. 41, when he was struck by a vehicle of an unknown make an model Monday evening, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. A witness said Raymond Earl Hembree,
53, crossed the path of a vehicle on his bike on a red traffic signal, the report shows. The vehicle
reportedly struck the bike’s right side, pushing it about 50 feet and throwing Hembree off.
He then landed in the intersection in the right northbound lane.
The vehicle then left the scene, heading northbound on U.S. 41, according to the report.
The report states Hembree initially was taken to
Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers with serious
injuries, but he later was discharged.
The FHP asks anyone with information about this crash to contact
Trooper Scott Murray at 941-483-5911.

Charlotte Sun
Charlotte County
May 25, 2011