An Ohio man dies when he crashes his motorcycle into a utility pole on Ozello Trail.
An Ohio man, in town working as a subcontractor for Florida Power Corp., died Wednesday night when he lost control of his motorcycle on Ozello Trail and crashed into a utility pole, authorities said.
Michael Alan Williams, 49, who was staying at 1522 Ozello Trail, died at the scene of the crash a little more than two miles west of U.S. 19, according to the Citrus County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff's Deputy Mike Kanter said the man appeared to be on his way to the Ozello Trail address when he crashed into a utility pole on the north side of the road. His girlfriend was at the scene before the deputy arrived and later notified Williams' mother, who is vacationing in Florida, Kanter said.
Kanter said the woman told him Williams was an outage subcontractor for Florida Power.
Florida Power spokesman Mac Harris was unable to confirm Williams' employment when reached late Thursday. He said the nuclear plant in Crystal River typically takes on additional employees known as outage subcontractors when it is being refueled. The last time that happened was in the fall.
Harris said Williams did not have a current badge for entry into the power plants in Crystal River, but said he may have worked there recently.
The speed limit is 45 miles per hour on that stretch of Ozello Trail, with a caution sign urging motorists to go 35 miles per hour. The road is known for its treacherous turns and is frequently the scene of single-car accidents.
Kanter said he still was investigating the cause of the wreck, but he said caution while driving Ozello Trail is a good rule of thumb.
"As many accidents as I've seen there, I would highly recommend people do the speed limit and follow the caution signs," Kanter said.
In other law enforcement news:
A Lecanto man was charged with child abuse Tuesday after he was accused of head-butting a 16-year-old girl.
The girl told deputies that Paul M. Dippolito, 36, also jumped on her after she fell to a bed, pinned her and struck her several times in the face with his fists. The girl said her mother, who uses a wheelchair, attempted to get Dippolito off her by striking him in the back with an iron.
The incident happened when the girl returned home from school. She said Dippolito believed she was throwing things in her bedroom.
According to his arrest report, Dippolito admitted to the head-butt and to pinning and striking the teenager, but said he did it with an open hand. He was being held at the Citrus County Detention Facility Thursday on $10,000 bail.
A Connecticut man was charged with grand theft Wednesday after authorities say he tried to walk out of the Homosassa Winn-Dixie food store with $342 worth of steak, lobster, shrimp, beer, household and personal hygiene items and cigarettes.
Kevin M. Evans, 31, of Milford, Ct., told deputies he was looking for a friend who was supposed to return and pay for the groceries. He was being held Thursday at the Citrus County Detention Facility on $2,000 bail.