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Motorcyclist, 72, in coma after crash tied to Rays' Bush

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 11:07 PM
FORT MYERS -

Tony Tufano, the motorcyclist struck by a SUV allegedly driven by Tampa Bay Rays minor-league pitcher Matt Bush, was in a medically induced coma Monday,  Tufano's daughter-in-law said.

Tufano, 72, was hooked up to a respirator and a feeding tube and completely unresponsive, Shannon Moore said.

The Florida Highway Patrol continues to investigate Thursday's crash, which occurred in Port Charlotte.

Bush remains in the Charlotte County Jail with bail set at $1.015 million and facing seven charges, including driving under the influence-leaving the scene of an crash with bodily injury.

Bush, who does not have a valid license, was driving a Dodge Durango belonging to Rays minor-leaguer Brandon Guyer, investigators said. Guyer has retained an attorney and will not comment on his involvement in the incident.

 Guyer can only be charged if investigators determine he knew Bush did not have a valid license when he allowed him to drive his vehicle, said Lt. Greg Bueno of the highway patrol, who had no further comment on the investigation.

Meantime, Tufano's son said he blames the team for the incident.

"I believe the Tampa Bay Rays organization is responsible for inviting Matt Bush into my community," Bernard Tufano said to NBC affiliate WBBH-TV.

"My father is strong in many ways. He has much more life to live. It will be a long hard road to recovery," Bernard Tufano told the television station.

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