TAMPA — A 31-year-old man died Wednesday night in a crash involving three motorcycles and a car.
Brian Robert Borynski lost control of his 2002 Honda motorcycle as he drove on to the westbound ramp of Interstate 4 from U.S. 301 at about 8 p.m. He was ejected from his motorcycle when it overturned, and Borynski was struck by another motorcycle and then a car, according to Florida Highway Patrol.
The 2006 Suzuki motorcycle behind Borynski hit him. Driver Scott Michael Gomez, 41, and Kristina Lynn Rainey, 27, wore helmets and were not injured.
"Honestly, all I saw was a cloud of dust and all I know is that we braked hard, and that's it," Rainey said.
She said she met Borynski earlier that night at Rad's Cycle, a motorcycle shop, with a group of motorcyclists that her boyfriend knew better than she did.
A 2008 Toyota Corolla behind the second motorcycle struck Borynski again. Driver Timothy Joseph Casey, 35, wore a seatbelt and was not injured.
Casey said other motorcyclists later told him that Borynski was going about 70 mph on the ramp when he swerved to change lanes, skidded, and hit gravel. Debris and smoke created a cloud that made it hard to see as Casey slowed down.
"I slammed on the brakes. He was already on the ground, and I did hit him," said Casey, who had just left work at a bank and was on his way to see family.
A witness with a tow truck helped Casey get his car off of Borynski and tried CPR on him, but it didn't work.
A 2002 Yamaha motorcycle behind Casey's car also hit the first motorcycle and fell over. Driver Jason Charles Delvalle, 29, had minor injuries.
It was not yet clear why Borynski lost control of his motorcycle, authorities said. He wore a helmet.
No charges have been filed.