Motorcyclist dies in Town 'N Country crash

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.

Motorcyclist dies in Town 'N Country crash 08/22/10 [Last modified: Sunday, August 22, 2010 7:39pm]

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