Palm Harbor riders in bicycle lane seriously injured after teen driver enters their path, troopers say

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Three Palm Harbor residents were riding their bicycles Thursday morning when a teen driver entered their path, sending all riders to the hospital, troopers said.

The crash occurred around 8:29 a.m. at the intersection of East Lake Road and Trinity Boulevard. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 16-year-old girl from New Port Richey was heading south on East Lake Rd. and stopped at the left turn lane at the Trinity Blvd. intersection.

Meanwhile, the two riders of a tandem bicycle – a 65-year-old man and a 61-year-old woman – and a 64-year-old bicyclist were heading north in a "designated bicycle lane," FHP reported in a news release.

As they approached the intersection, troopers said the driver turned left and into their paths. Both bicycles collided with the right side of her vehicle. 

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All three riders had serious injuries following the crash and were taken to nearby hospitals. 

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Troopers did not say whether the driver was cited. The 16-year-old was uninjured.