Tampa Bay Times

Motorcycle rider, 50, killed trying to pass SUV on S.R. 54

- BY DENNIS JOYCE Times Staff Writer Contact Dennis Joyce at djoyce@tampabay.com. Follow @DMPJoyce

ODESSA — A 50-yearold Lutz man died when he drove his motorcycle into the back of a vehicle while trying to pass it Saturday evening, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The collision occurred about 4:10 p.m. on State Road 54 near Hunting Bow Circle in Odessa.

The motorcycle rider was headed east when he hit the rear of a sport utility vehicle carrying a 56-year-old woman, who was driving, and a passenger, a 16-yearold girl, both from Land O’ Lakes. Neither of them was injured.

Upon impact, the motorcycle overturned and came to rest on the south shoulder of S.R. 54. The rider, who was wearing a helmet, died at a hospital from his injuries.

The Highway Patrol did not release the name of those involved in the crash because of its interpreta­tion of Marsy’s Law, a voter-approved amendment to the state Constituti­on that was meant to protect crime victims but that deprives the public of informatio­n long available under Florida’s public records law.

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