TAMPA — A motorcyclist died after he collided with a car about 1 a.m. Sunday at a Town 'N Country intersection.
Keith Ruiz, 25, of Tampa, was pronounced dead at the scene, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. This is what the patrol says happened:
At 1:10 a.m., a Pontiac driven by Linsey M. Gamso, 23, of Tampa, was stopped on Tampa Shore Boulevard at Hillsborough Avenue. Meanwhile, two motorcycles — one driven Ruiz and another by Tampa resident Russell Turner, 27 — were going east on Hillsborough Avenue, approaching the intersection.
The Pontiac pulled forward, and the two motorcycles collided with it. Neither cyclist was wearing a helmet, the patrol said.
Gamso and Turner suffered minor injuries and were taken to St. Joseph's Hospital.
It is unclear at this point if one or more of the vehicles ran a red light, and patrol spokesman Sgt. Larry Kraus said there is no indication the cyclists were racing.
The case is still under investigation, Kraus said.