PORT RICHEY — One man was killed and another injured during motorcycle crashes early Monday morning after New Port Richey police attempted to pull them over.
According to police reports, the motorcyclists were driving about 75 mph in a 45 mph zone on U.S. 19, near River Gulf Road, when officers initiated the stop about 2 a.m.
While pulling over from the center lane, Joseph Peranteau, 30, of Dade City struck a curb and was ejected from his motorcycle. He was treated at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital in New Port Richey and released.
Kenneth C. Montero, 28, of New Port Richey continued to speed north into Port Richey, but soon hit a semitrailer truck at U.S. 19 and Washington Street and was killed.
Port Richey police are investigating that crash.
New Port Richey Lt. Scott Baker said Peranteau may be charged with driving under the influence, as an officer smelled alcohol on his breath.