TAMPA — The Florida Highway Patrol has identified the motorcyclist killed when he crashed into the back of a trooper's car Wednesday night on the Courtney Campbell Parkway.
About 10:30 p.m., Trooper Dawayne Maddux, 32, was parked in his cruiser, with the emergency lights on, helping control traffic in a construction zone in the eastbound lanes west of Bay Harbor Drive.
A Suzuki motorcycle driven by Keith Daniel Williamson, 26, of Lutz was driving at a high rate of speed, the patrol said, and collided with the cruiser.
Williamson and his passenger, Jenna Elizabeth Scott, 24, of Valrico were thrown from the motorcycle. Williamson died at the scene, troopers said. Scott was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital with critical injuries. Troopers said both were wearing helmets.
Clearwater police had tried to initiate a traffic stop on Williamson's motorcycle moments before the crash, public safety spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts said. But officers backed off from chasing the bike after it sped east on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard at more than 120 mph, Watts said.
Maddux sustained minor injuries, but was not hospitalized.
An investigation was ongoing.