EUSTIS — Troopers have identified the Spring Hill man who died Saturday in a Lake County traffic crash after a sign blew into the path of his motorcycle.
Richard Heckler, 67, was riding a 2008 Honda motorcycle west on State Road 44, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
At about 2 p.m., Heckler was riding near Eustis, northwest of Orlando, when a sign flew into his windshield, causing him to lose control. Witnesses said a commercial sign became loose where it was posted, and then blew into the road.
Heckler's motorcycle veered into the eastbound lanes of State Road 44 and over the south shoulder of the road before crashing into a wall, authorities said. Heckler was taken to Florida Hospital in DeLand, where he died of his injuries.
Troopers continue to investigate the crash.