Thursday, January 18, 2018
Public safety

Man killed after being hit by motorcycle in New Port Richey

NEW PORT RICHEY — A man was killed late Sunday when he stepped into the path of a motorcycle in State Road 54 in New Port Richey, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Robert Michael Tyler, 34, was walking north about 9 p.m. across SR 54 east of Rita Lane, troopers said. He stepped into the westbound turn lane, into the path of Zachary Douglas Cook, 28, of Spring Hill, who was headed west on a 2007 Honda motorcycle.

The bike hit Tyler, who died at the scene, authorities said.

Cook was thrown off the bike, into the road. He was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point with serious injuries.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: Robert Michael Tyler, who died Sunday night when he stepped in front of a motorcycle on SR 54 in Land O'Lakes, was 34. A story in Tuesday's Times listed an incorrect age.

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