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Motorcyclist dies in collision with minivan in Palm River

PALM RIVER — A 62-year-old New Jersey man died Sunday when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a minivan at U.S. 301 and Palm River Road.

Douglas D. Waugh was riding a 2003 Harley Davidson FXD about 3:34 p.m. north on U.S. 301, according the Florida Highway Patrol.

Marqus Willard Johnson, 29, of Tampa was driving south on the highway in a 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan when he attempted to turn left onto Palm River Road, crossing into the motorcycle's path, officials said.

Waugh, who was wearing a helmet, was ejected when the bike hit the front of the van, officials said. He died at the scene. Johnson suffered minor injuries and was taken to Tampa General Hospital.

The crash remained under investigation.

Motorcyclist dies in collision with minivan in Palm River 07/24/11 [Last modified: Sunday, July 24, 2011 10:09pm]
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