Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

FHP releases report in motorcyclist's fatal crash with patrol car

TAMPA — A 27-year-old motorcyclist killed last year when he slammed into the back of a patrol car after fleeing another officer on the Courtney Campbell Causeway was at fault in the deadly crash, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report released Monday.

About 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 20, 2013, Keith Daniel Williamson was among several motorcyclists traveling east on the causeway when Clearwater officer Nicholas Giordano, driving in an unmarked patrol car, tried to stop Williamson for traveling 126 mph in a 60 mph zone, according to the report.

Williamson of Dade City failed to stop. Moments later, he hit the back of a Florida Highway Patrol vehicle, driven by Trooper Dawayne Edward Maddux, who was merging onto the road from a construction zone at a "slow rate of speed," the report states. Investigators determined Maddux did not see Williamson as he tried to merge because Williamson was behind an unidentified car at the time.

Williamson died at the scene and his passenger, Jenna E. Scott, was hospitalized. Maddux was not hurt, the report says.

Investigators also determined Maddux had not violated Williamson's right of way and that Williamson was also driving with an expired vehicle tag. Williamson was not intoxicated at the time of the crash, according to an autopsy report.

FHP releases report in motorcyclist's fatal crash with patrol car 05/12/14 [Last modified: Monday, May 12, 2014 10:34pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Who's behind the mysterious butt graffiti all over St. Petersburg?

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — The first butts, perhaps, appeared in April on some steps behind the Sundial shopping plaza.

    A photo of the butt graffiti that has been cropping up around St. Petersburg in the past several months. [CHRISTOPHER SPATA | STAFF]
  2. During the most expensive mayoral election ever, St. Petersburg City Council wants to limit PAC money

    Blogs

    ST. PETERSBURG — In front of a large group of red-shirted campaign finance reform supporters, the St. Petersburg City Council on Thursday started the ball rolling on an ordinance that would limit individual campaign contributions to $5,000 from political action committees.

    A large crowd gathered Thursday to support passage of a controversial measure to limit campaign spending in city elections
  3. Minority business accelerator launch by Tampa chamber to aid black, Hispanic businesses

    Business

    A "minority business accelerator" program was launched Thursday by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce geared toward helping black and Hispanic business owners identify and overcome barriers to grow their companies. The accelerator, known as MBA, will provide participants with business tools to cultivate opportunities …

    Bemetra Simmons is a senior private banker at Wells Fargo, The Private Bank. She is also chair of the new minority business accelerator program for the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. [Photo, LinkedIn]
  4. Peter Budaj loves 'vibe' with Lightning

    Blogs

    Two years ago, nobody was willing to give Peter Budaj a shot, the veteran goalie wondering if he'd ever play in the NHL again.

    Peter Budaj signed a two-year extension with the Lightning, worth $1.025 million per year.
  5. A test the Rays haven't passed

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — I have no idea what to think about the Rays. Not a clue.

    Tampa Bay Rays players celebrate their 8-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday, June 21, 2017 in St. Petersburg.