BRANDON — A motorcycle collided with a car Monday night, killing the rider in a fiery wreck along Dover Road at White Cliffs Place.
Hillsborough County sheriff's Cpl. Mike Cherup identified the rider as Shane Alexander Burke, 21, of 4731 Fietzway Road, Dover.
He said Burke was riding north about 8:15 p.m. on a Honda when he passed a van.
Burke was speeding as he made the maneuver, and just then a southbound van turned into his path, the traffic homicide investigator said.
The impact hurled Burke into the air and set fire to the motorcycle. He died at the scene, Cherup said.
The van was driven by Rebecca Morton, a law enforcement employee, he said. She and three passengers were taken to Tampa General Hospital, all with injuries that he described as not life-threatening.
A crowd of family and friends quickly gathered in the dark stretch of highway between a pasture and a subdivision. Some wept at the site of the wreckage.
A deputy said they found a helmet at the scene, but investigators were uncertain whether Burke had been wearing it.
Karla Estrada, 18, said she used to hang out with Burke at the shop in his garage. She described him as a warm and funny young man who tinkered with the motorcycles that meant so much to him and kept her laughing as she watched.
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