Elsewhere in the Tampa Bay area, two other people died in motorcycle crashes late Wednesday and early Thursday.
Deadly lane swap
SUN CITY — A Gibsonton motorcyclist was killed Thursday after colliding with a car that suddenly cut across three lanes of traffic on State Road 674, Florida Highway Patrol officials said.
Kevin Tanner, 53, 6104 Beach Ave., had been driving east on SR 674 in the outside lane about 7:20 a.m. when a 2001 Nissan Maxima driven by Duff Delano, 54, of Hinsdale, N.H., made a sharp right turn toward the Interstate 75 northbound entrance ramp. The front of Tanner's 2000 Kawasaki Vulcan cruiser hit the right side of the Nissan, throwing him from the bike, authorities said. He died at the scene. FHP said he was wearing a helmet.
Delano and his passengers, Linda Delano, 50, and Kimberly McKay, 52, Brattleboro, Vt., were taken to Tampa General Hospital. FHP spokesman Larry Coggins said Duff Delano and McKay are recovering from the injuries and Linda Delano was in serious but stable condition. No charges have been filed.
Victim lost control
PINELLAS PARK — A 27-year-old Seminole man died late Wednesday after losing control of a speeding motorcycle, authorities said.
John R. Wainscott of 10163 62nd Circle was driving a 2001 Honda motorcyle west on Bryan Dairy Road just before 10 p.m. Police estimate he was going between 90 and 100 mph when he lost control and slammed into a guard rail. The motorcycle kept traveling about 400 feet without him. Investigators said Wainscott died at the scene. He was wearing a helmet.