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Man admits causing bicycle crash
By Tony Gordon | Daily Herald Staff

Thomas Lynch


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Published: 11/26/2008 12:03 AM

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A Florida man admitted Tuesday that he deliberately drove his truck into the path of a group of bicyclists, injuring three of them.

Thomas Lynch, 58, pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated battery in Lake County circuit court and was sentenced to two years on probation.

Circuit Judge George Bridges also ordered Lynch not to drive on St. Mary's Road near Libertyville and to write a letter of apology to the bicyclists.

Assistant State's Attorney Brett Henne said Lynch, of Fort Lauderdale, was driving a 1996 GMC pickup on St. Mary's Road near Everett Road just after 9 a.m. on Sept. 22, 2007.

Lynch drove past 16 bicyclists who were riding single-file on the right side of the road.

He then swerved his truck to the right and slammed on the brakes, causing the bicyclists to pile up in a chain-reaction crash.

Two of the riders were treated at the scene for minor injuries and a third was treated and released from Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

Lynch was originally charged with aggravated battery, but Henne agreed to reduce the charge in exchange for Lynch's guilty plea.

Bridges also ordered Lynch to make a $3,500 contribution to the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation.