An experienced Canadian bicyclist sustained life-threatening injuries while riding on Longboat Key on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
Longboat Key police and the family of Mike MacCormick, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, are seeking anyone who witnessed the 2 p.m. April 2 crash at 4949 Gulf of Mexico Drive.
Authorities received one report from a witness across the street.
The witness saw a white, small mid-1990s pickup truck pass the bicyclist as he heard a thud and then someone yell, “Oh shit,” according to the report.
The Longboat Key Police Department report also stated the witness saw the bicyclist lying on the grass “but didn’t see the actual contact” because the vehicle obstructed his view.
“That’s just it. The person couldn’t tell us that the truck hit him. We’re trying to find a witness who saw it,” LBKPD Detective Sgt. Robert Bourque said.
Bourque said police also are looking for a light-colored small “S-10-style” pickup truck.
Vacationing with friends, Mike MacCormick was riding ahead of his wife, who wasn’t within sight of the crash, according to police and the victim’s son, Matthew MacCormick, of Calgary.
The crash occurred mid-key, south of the Longboat Key police station.
Authorities are pursuing leads, including video surveillance of the Gulf of Mexico Drive, Bourque said.
“We’ve gotten a few, but we’re looking for more from cameras pointed at the street,” he added.
Matthew MacCormick said April 11 his father underwent surgery at Blake Medical Center and his condition was improving.
Mike MacCormick does not recall what happened, according to police and his son.
According to Matthew MacCormick, police have different theories about what happened, including “he could’ve fallen first and then the truck run him over.”
“Still, one way or the other, it is a hit-and-run,” he added.
His son hopes “to get the word out to the public and get a potentially dangerous driver off the road,”
and for another reason:
“We’d really appreciate knowing what happened.”
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Bourque at 941-316-1973. To make anonymous tips, call CrimeStoppers at 866-634-TIPS.