By Ashley Cox

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.

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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 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.

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The investigation continues.