Longboat bicyclist survives hit-and-run following surgery
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A long-time visitor to Longboat Key was struck while bicycling on Gulf of Mexico Drive in a hit-and-run accident that occurred at 1:55 p.m. on Sunday, April 2.
Longboat Key Police Officer Schoepfer reports that he located the injured bicyclist, 66 year-old Mike MacCormick, laying on the grass at 4949 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Longboat Key Fire Rescue was immediately dispatched and MacCormick was dazed and said he did not know what had occurred. MacCormick had numerous cuts and bruises and had struck his head when he fell from the bicycle.
The incident occurred in front of Positano Condominiums where witness Matt Briguglio said he was at the pool when he saw the bicyclist heading south as an older model white pickup truck passed. Briguglio told police he heard a ‘thud’ and heard someone yell “Oh, Shit!” Briguglio said the pickup truck appeared like it ran over a bump as it went by the bicyclist and he then saw the bicyclist laying on the grass on the side of the road. Briguglio said he didn’t see the actual contact because he was on the opposite side of the vehicle.
Police quickly issued a BOLO (Be On the Look Out) for a white older model pickup truck heading southbound on Longboat Key with possible damage to the passenger side of the vehicle.
MacCormick was transported in critical condition to Blake Hospital where life-saving neurosurgery was performed. MacCormick remains in critical condition.
MacCormick’s and his wife’s bicycle were taken to the police department for safe keeping, but MacCormick’s wife was cycling several minutes behind her husband and did not witness the accident. His bicycle suffered a bent rear wheel.
MacCormick’s son, Matt MacCormick, said his father and mother visit Longboat and Lido Key often from their home in Nova Scotia, Canada and his father enjoys bicycling across Longboat Key to Anna Maria.
Longboat Key Police Sgt. Bourque called Longboat Key News stating that police are seeking any information, witnesses or possible sightings regarding the accident and encourages them to contact him directly at the Police Department at 941-316-1973.
Bourque said that investigators have reviewed the license plate cameras at each end of the island and no hits have come up for a white pickup matching the description as of yet, but the police have only reviewed a limited time frame so far and are now expanding their investigation.