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Motorcyclist dies in crash

A motorcyclist died Friday after running into the back of a sport utility vehicle on the John's Pass Bridge, Pinellas sheriff's officials said.

George R. Trice, who family members said went by the name "Troy," was headed north on the bridge when he struck the 1996 Isuzu Rodeo just before noon, sheriff's officials said.

Trice, 37, was not wearing a helmet. He tried to avoid the SUV, which was going the speed limit, but skidded into the back of the Rodeo, sheriff's spokeswoman Marianne Pasha said.

Trice, of Madeira Beach, was taken to Bayfront Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead Friday evening.

No charges are expected. Pasha said witnesses told investigators Trice was going 50-55 mph in the 35-mph zone. The driver of the Rodeo, William Arthur Crane Jr., 41, of Hudson, was going the speed limit, she said.

Trice moved to Florida from Columbia, Mo., about a year ago, said his older brother, Hall Trice. He said his brother worked as a salesman. He fished every day, loved to grill out and was popular with women.

"Fish feared him and women loved him," Hall Trice said.

He said his brother had made many friends in his short time in Florida.

"He was loved by many and will be missed by his family and friends."

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