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Key West bicyclist suffers head injury from Sunday crash

A bicyclist was seriously injured Sunday afternoon in this block of North Roosevelt Boulevard outside the Roosevelt Gardens public housing complex.
A bicyclist was seriously injured Sunday afternoon in this block of North Roosevelt Boulevard outside the Roosevelt Gardens public housing complex.

A Key West man was airlifted to a mainland hospital after police said he fell off his bicycle head first Sunday afternoon on a sidewalk off North Roosevelt Boulevard.

Craig Duane Jackson, 63, was found face down on the sidewalk in the 2600 block of North Roosevelt with a pool of blood around his head about 2:30 p.m., according to the Key West Police Department’s crash report.

The crash, which happened outside the Roosevelt Gardens public housing complex, didn’t involve anyone or anything else, police said. A witness said she watched Jackson turn his head and look backward, and the next thing she saw was him on the ground headfirst and not moving.

“There was nothing else that came in contact with Jackson that would cause him to fall,” wrote Officer Monica Hernandez.

Jackson suffered a head injury and his son was notified, Hernandez added. Passersby helped police untangle Jackson’s legs from his Pacific Evolution bicycle.

Eight officers responded to the crash, which took place across from the Choice Storage Center on busy North Roosevelt, which is Key West’s main thoroughfare doubling as U.S. 1.

The hospital would not release Jackson’s condition to Key West police on Tuesday because technically it was not a traffic crash and wasn’t assigned to an officer, said police spokeswoman Alyson Crean.

Gwen Filosa: @KeyWestGwen

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