NEW PORT RICHEY — Troopers have identified a woman killed in a motorcycle crash Saturday night as Barbara Logan, 49, of Port Richey.
Logan was a passenger on a Harley-Davidson driven by 56-year-old Steven Irenze of Port Richey.
Shortly after 10 p.m., the Harley-Davidson and a Saturn L200 sedan were both northbound on Rowan Road north of Massachusetts Avenue. 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, hitting 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. Logan died at the scene.
Irenze was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point with serious injuries.
The Saturn's driver, 23-year-old Melanie Gray of Port Richey, was not injured.
The accident remains under investigation.