ZEPHYRHILLS — A motorcyclist is dead after, troopers say, he made an illegal pass into the way of an oncoming car.
Bryan David Smith, 39, of Valrico, was headed north on Paul Buchman Highway around 6 a.m. Tuesday, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. At the same time, Jennifer Patrice Pienkowski, 28, of Wesley Chapel, was headed south on the same road near Fredda Avenue.
Smith tried to pass another vehicle in the curve, a marked no-passing zone, which put him in the path of Pienkowski's Hyundai, the report states. The motorcycle and car connected nearly head-on. Smith, who was wearing a helmet, was thrown to the shoulder of the road. The Hyundai stopped in the middle of the road.
Smith was taken to Florida Hospital Zephyrhills where he died from his injuries. Pienkowski was not listed as injured and was not taken to a hospital. FHP is still investigating the crash.