NEW PORT RICHEY — A 49-year-old female passenger on a Harley-Davidson was killed Saturday night when the motorcycle collided with a car while trying to pass it, state troopers said.
The name of the deceased Port Richey woman hasn't been released pending notification of her family.
Shortly after 10 p.m., the Harley-Davidson and a Saturn L200 sedan were both northbound on Rowan Road north of Massachusetts Avenue, just east of New Port Richey. The Florida Highway Patrol gave the following account of what happened:
The Saturn was in the outside lane — just ahead of the motorcycle, which was in the inside lane.
As both vehicles approached a merge in the roadway where the outside lane terminates into the single inside lane, the Saturn began to merge left.
The motorcycle accelerated rapidly in an attempt to pass the car on the left. As the cycle began to pass the car, it hit the driver's side mirror of the Saturn.
The Harley went off the road and flipped. Its driver and passenger, who the patrol said weren't wearing helmets, were thrown from the bike. The passenger died at the scene.
The motorcycle's driver, a 56-year-old Port Richey man whose name hasn't been released, was taken to Bayonet Point Hospital with serious injuries.
The Saturn's driver, 23-year-old Melanie Gray of Port Richey, was not injured.
The accident remains under investigation.