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PORT ST. LUCIE, FL (WFLX) - A 16-year-old Port St. Lucie boy is hospitalized in critical condition after a car struck him as he was riding his bike to school.
 
Hunter Henry was heading east on Tiffany Avenue with another biker just before 7 a.m. Tuesday when he was hit from behind by a Mustang.

After impact, Henry was thrown from the bike and onto the hood of the car striking his head on the windshield.

The other bicyclist, an 18-year-old woman, was not hurt. "They did have the right to be in the road -- now whether or not they're allowed to ride tandem is still under investigation. Usually they should be one in front of the other not side by side," said Port St. Lucie Sgt. Frank Sabol.

Mike Vigilante, who lives across from the crash scene, said, "We have to be careful when I go out in the morning. It's still dark, and there are no lights on the street, no sidewalks," said Vigilante. "So every morning when I get up, I see kids riding their bikes on the sidewalks."

The driver of the Mustang was identified as 82-year-old Robert Swenson. He was not hurt.

Charges are pending in this case.
 
Henry was not wearing a helmet, but, under Florida law, is not required once you turn 16. Bicyclists 15 and under must wear helmets.

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