Update 10:51 a.m. Sept. 2: The eastbound lanes of Memorial Causeway are now open, but congestion remains heavy, Clearwater Police officials say. The identities of the two bicyclists struck remain unknown, but police are working on some leads.
Update 9:20 a.m. Sept. 2:
More details have come to light in the Sept. 2
accident that closed eastbound lanes of Memorial Causeway and sent two
bicyclists to the hospital.
Clearwater Police officers don’t have the names of the man and woman who were riding on the tandem bicycle, but they have pieced together more information about the crash.
In an email to media, police said a passing motorist discovered a set of handlebars in the eastbound curb lane of Memorial Causeway early Monday morning. The tandem bike was found in the bicycle lane. The two injured riders were discovered in a grassy area off the roadway – they were 50 feet apart.
The woman was flown to Bayfront Hospital while the man was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph’s Hospital. Neither cyclist had identification on them, police said.
Anyone with information about the identity of the cyclists or the vehicle involved in the crash is asked to call police at 727-562-4242.
It is unclear at this time when the eastbound lanes of Memorial Causeway will reopen.
Motorists are being asked to steer clear of the
Memorial Causeway this morning following a hit-and-run accident involving two
people on a tandem bicycle.
Clearwater Police are investigating the accident that took place sometime in the early morning hours of Sept. 2. The bicyclists were found by a passerby lying in the roadway, an email to media said, but the “involved vehicle” was nowhere to be found.
Both cyclists have life threatening injuries, police say.
All eastbound lanes of the causeway are shot down starting at Island Way. Motorists are asked to use the Sand Key Bridge instead. One westbound lane is open to traffic.
Stay with Patch for updates as they become available.