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Motorcyclist dies after colliding with cab in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — A 22-year-old man died hours after his motorcycle collided with a taxi early Saturday morning, St. Petersburg police said.

Authorities said William David Moore III of Clermont was speeding along First Avenue N on a 2008 Harley Davidson when he collided with a northbound BATS Taxi at 20th Street shortly after 2 a.m.

Investigators said one of the drivers ran a red light, but it wasn't immediately known who was at fault. Preliminary information indicated Moore had been drinking, police said.

Moore's motorcycle hit the right side of the cab, driven by Brian Tomko, 49, of St. Pete Beach. The impact caused the cab to spin and flip onto its side, police said.

Both men were taken to Bayfront Medical Center. Tomko was in stable condition on Saturday.

Police did not release any other details.

Moore was living at the Harborage Marina in downtown St. Petersburg, friends said.

"Billy was a very fun, happy guy on the docks," said Craig Corbin, who owns a yacht at the marina. "He was always willing to help anyone and give to others. He was the kind of guy that if you were frustrated or in a bad mood would always pick you up."

Corbin said he and Moore used to talk about boating. He called Moore a smart young man who was making his way in life.

"He really had his head on straight and was going places," Corbin told the Times. "What happened was not his character."

Motorcyclist dies after colliding with cab in St. Petersburg 04/16/11 [Last modified: Saturday, April 16, 2011 11:37pm]

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