Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Largo motorcyclist killed in crash with SUV

Times Staff

SEMINOLE — A 23-year-old Largo man was killed Thursday night after he rammed a motorcycle into an SUV at Starkey Road and 109th Ave. N.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers said Ryan Craig Palmisano accelerated from a nearby traffic signal at a high speed. A witness said the motorcycle "shot off like a rocket" before hitting a Lincoln Navigator that was making a left turn.

Palmisano was pronounced dead at Bardmoor Emergency Center, but not before his ambulance was involved in another wreck on the way to the hospital.

FHP Sgt. Larry Kraus said an investigation is in progress and no charges have been filed.

The crash occurred about 9 p.m. as Jason David Wells, 21, was crossing Starkey Road onto 109th Avenue. His SUV was struck in the rear by Palmisano, who was riding a 2007 Honda, according to an FHP report.

According to the report, Palmisano accelerated toward 109th Avenue N after the traffic signal turned green at the nearby Starkey and Bryan Dairy intersection. Wells, traveling north on Starkey, had turned left across southbound Starkey toward 109th and was struck by the front of the motorcycle.

Motorist Ray Kalmbach, who was waiting to exit a Publix parking lot onto Starkey when the accident occurred, said the traffic signal was still red at Bryan Dairy Road when Wells began his turn across Starkey.

"As soon as that light turned green, (Palmisano) shot off like a rocket," he said. "The SUV was black so maybe he never saw it. The thing is, it was completely unnecessary. There was no one to (Palmisano's) left. He could have swerved if he had the reaction time."

Palmisano was wearing a helmet according to the FHP report. Wells, of Largo, was uninjured.

The ambulance that took Palmisano to the hospital was struck as it crossed the intersection of Starkey and Bryan Dairy roads, authorities said.

The ambulance was delayed briefly, but then continued on to the hospital, which is located near the intersection. No one on board was injured, according to Pinellas Sheriff's officials.

The driver who hit the ambulance was cited for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle, officials said, but his name was unavailable Friday. Another ambulance took that driver to Bardmoor as a precaution.

To view video from the scene of the crash, go to

Motorcyclist dies in accident

View Larger Map

Largo motorcyclist killed in crash with SUV 06/05/09 [Last modified: Saturday, June 6, 2009 11:42am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Pitching on no rest backfires for Erasmo Ramirez, Rays

    The Heater

    ARLINGTON, Texas — After battling through a 61/2-hour affair Sunday in Minnesota that was the second-longest game in franchise history, Rays officials were quick to decide that even though Erasmo Ramirez had just worked the 15th and final inning, they would stick with him to start Monday's game in Texas.

    Erasmo Ramirez, starting a day after closing a 15-inning marathon, struggles against the Rangers, comes out after throwing 43 pitches in 21/3 innings.
  2. Britain investigating missed signals over Manchester bomber


    LONDON — Britain's domestic intelligence agency, MI5, is investigating its response to warnings from the public about the threat posed by Salman Abedi, the suicide bomber who killed 22 people and wounded dozens more in an attack at a crowded Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, last week.

    People gather Monday at St. Ann’s Square in Manchester, England, to view tributes to victims of the suicide bombing that killed 22 on May 22 as a concert by Ariana Grande was concluding.
  3. Trump condemns killing of pair who tried to stop racist rant


    The mayor of Portland, Ore., on Monday urged U.S. officials and organizers to cancel a "Trump Free Speech Rally" and other similar events, saying they are inappropriate and could be dangerous after two men were stabbed to death on a train as they tried to help a pair of young women targeted by an anti-Muslim tirade.

    Coco Douglas, 8, leaves a handmade sign and rocks she painted at a memorial in Portland, Ore., on Saturday for two bystanders who were stabbed to death Friday while trying to stop a man who was yelling anti-Muslim slurs and acting aggressively toward two young women. From left are Coco's brother, Desmond Douglas; her father, Christopher Douglas; and her stepmother, Angel Sauls. [Associated Press]
  4. What major sporting event could Tampa Bay land next?

    Lightning Strikes

    We are on quite a roll as a community. First, we had a Super Bowl drop from the storm clouds into our lap. It just reaffirms the fact that Tampa Bay is great at lap. And Monday it became official: Next year's NHL All-Star Game will be held at Amalie Arena. The best in the world will be here to shoot and score. And …

    MVP Wayne Gretzky is congratulated at the 1999 NHL All-Star game, the last time the event was in Tampa Bay. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times file]
  5. How the 2018 NHL All-Star Game reflects Jeff Vinik's vision for Tampa

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — There were several reasons the NHL announced Monday that Tampa will host the 2018 All-Star Game on Jan. 28.

    This was the  logo for the 1999 NHL All-Star game played Sunday, Jan 24, 1999 at the Ice Palace in Tampa Bay. (AP Photo)