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.