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Motorcyclists in Bayside Bridge crash identified, no longer at hospital

CLEARWATER — One of the four men seriously injured in a Saturday motorcycle crash on Bayside Bridge remains unconscious at Bayfront Medical Center, according to family member. Hospital officials said the other men have been released.

At about 11 p.m., four motorcycles were heading south on the bridge at a high rate of speed, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. One of the bikers, 39-year-old Michael J. Parasi, of Odessa started to brake his Suzuki motorcycle. Allen R. Vanett, 40, of New Port Richey, was behind him on a Yamaha and couldn't stop quickly enough, slamming into Parasi.

It started a chain reaction with the two other bikes following — Armondo G. Bonafe, 26, of Largo, crashed his Suzuki and Felix M. Borges, 25, of St. Petersburg, crashed his Kawasaki.

All four bikes slid several hundred feet across the southbound lanes. All the drivers and Parasi's passenger, 19-year-old Devon C. Spencer, of New Port Richey, were thrown into the road.

Vanett remains unconscious at the hospital with injuries that include swelling of the brain and skull fractures, said John Karnow, a brother-in-law of Vanett.

On Friday, Parasi, Spencer and Bonafe were listed in serious condition. Borges suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene. Monday, hospital officials said they were no longer at the hospital.

Staff writer Luis Perez contributed to this story.

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Motorcyclists in Bayside Bridge crash identified, no longer at hospital 06/22/09 [Last modified: Monday, June 22, 2009 4:54pm]
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