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Couple turned into biker's path, officials say

ZEPHYRHILLS — Late Monday afternoon, an elderly couple pulled out of their retirement community on Gateway Drive and turned left onto County Road 54.

The Florida Highway Patrol said they pulled into the path of a young man on a motorcycle, who died from the impact.

The driver of the car, a 2003 Mercury sedan, was John O'Shea, 77, and in the passenger seat was his wife, Ann O'Shea, 75. Neither of them were injured. Both have clean driving records.

The motorcyclist was Christopher Brazas, 26, who was riding his 2007 Kawasaki Ninja. The Highway Patrol listed Brazas' residence as Zephyrhills and said he wore a helmet. Brazas was taken to Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, where he died.

A records check showed that Brazas is survived by his parents, Marian and Michael Brazas, a twin brother, Carson Brazas, and another brother, Sean Brazas. They could not be reached Tuesday.

Ann O'Shea answered the phone Tuesday afternoon and said she and her husband were very upset. Neither wanted to comment, except to say that it was "a terrible accident."

Sgt. Steve Gaskins, spokesman for the Highway Patrol, said the accident is under investigation. He also asked for any witnesses to call Cpl. E.W. Bromiley at (813) 996-7582.

Times researcher Will Gorham contributed to this story. Erin Sullivan can be reached at esullivan@sptimes.com or (813) 909-4609.

Couple turned into biker's path, officials say 06/24/08 [Last modified: Saturday, June 28, 2008 6:46pm]
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