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Motorcyclist suffers fatal injuries after crash with SUV

TAMPA — A 30-year-old man died Saturday after his motorcycle rear-ended an SUV on Memorial Highway.

At 2:15 p.m., John A. Mercado was riding his 2002 Suzuki GSX R1000 motorcycle southbound on Memorial Highway, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office.

Deputies said he failed to notice a 2003 Toyota SUV stopped in front of him to make a left turn onto Timberlane West Drive and crashed into the back of it.

Mercado, of Tampa, was thrown off the motorcycle, and he wasn't wearing a helmet, deputies said. He was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital, where he later died.

The Toyota's driver, 78-year-old Belgica Lopez, was unharmed.

Deputies are still investigating the incident.

Motorcyclist suffers fatal injuries after crash with SUV 03/12/11 [Last modified: Saturday, March 12, 2011 6:53pm]
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