Crime & Courts
Bicyclist hospitalized after hit-and-run in Tampa
A bicyclist was in critical condition after a hit-and-run Thursday morning involving a pickup truck, police said.
Freddie J. Alonso, 44, was riding his bike south on North Tampania Avenue about 7:40 a.m. and failed to heed a stop sign at West Lemon Street, where he was hit by the eastbound pickup, police said.
Alonso, of 12502 Trailblazer Loop, suffered a head injury when he was thrown onto the pavement, police said. He was taken to Tampa General Hospital.
One witness described the truck as a maroon, full-size pickup. Another said the truck was dark garnet or red pearl, and possibly a Dodge manufactured in 2000 or 2001.
The vehicle, which should have hood and grill damage, fled to the east, police said.
The driver was described as a thin, balding, white male in his 40s.
Anyone with information was asked to call police at (813) 231-6130. Call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477 (TIPS) to be eligible for a $1,000 reward.