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Fatal motorcycle crash temporarily closes Memorial Causeway

CLEARWATER BEACH — A motorcyclist died Friday evening in an accident that shut down both directions of the Memorial Causeway bridge that links Clearwater Beach with the mainland.

The motorcyclist, who was not identified, is a man believed to be in his 20s, according to Clearwater public safety spokeswoman Beth Watts.

He was taken to Morton Plant Hospital, where he died.

According to a preliminary investigation, the man was traveling east on the causeway when he lost control, struck a curb and was ejected from his bike.

His motorcycle went airborne and landed on the hood of a vehicle that was traveling in the opposite direction.

The motorcycle sheared off the roof of the vehicle, which was driven by Sharon Goodrow Yearcut, 52, of Clearwater.

She was taken to Morton Plant with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening.

Investigators say speed may have been a factor, but an investigation is ongoing.

The crash, which was called in about 4:45 p.m. Friday, happened between Island Way and the roundabout, officials said. Traffic was diverted to the Sand Key Bridge until police re-opened the causeway at about 9 p.m.

Fatal motorcycle crash temporarily closes Memorial Causeway 06/04/10 [Last modified: Friday, June 4, 2010 11:36pm]

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