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Pinellas deputies investigate hit and run crash seriously injuring teen bicyclist

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Deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team are investigating a serious hit and run crash involving a vehicle versus a bicyclist in Dunedin.

According to investigators, on Monday, December 16, 2019, 16-year-old Ibrahim Paul of Palm Harbor was crossing County Road 1, on a bicycle, eastbound from Country Woods Lane at about 5:52 p.m., when he was struck by a vehicle.

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Witnesses informed investigators that the vehicle did not stop or take any action to avoid the crash and it is unknown if the vehicle knew it was involved in a crash.

Investigators say the vehicle is described as a black Jeep Wrangler, with a dark colored soft top, traveling southbound on County Road 1.

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Paul was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital via Bayflight with what deputies are calling serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

Deputies say Paul was not wearing a bicycle helmet, there were no lights on the bicycle, and he was not within a crosswalk at the time of the crash.

Photo of bicycle struck by vehicle in Dunedin

Investigators do not believe speedPinellas deputies investigate hit and run crash seriously injuring teen bicyclist or impairment were factors in the crash.

If anyone has additional information regarding this crash or the vehicle in question, please call the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office at 727-582-6200.

The investigation continues.

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