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Motorcycle crash leads to big backup on Howard Frankland Bridge

Wayne Parlin, 62, wasn’t wearing a helmet when he was thrown from his motorcycle, and was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital with serious injuries.
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TAMPA — A Plant City man is in serious condition after he was thrown from his motorcycle during a three-vehicle crash on the Howard Frankland Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

Wayne Parlin, 62, wasn’t wearing a helmet when he was thrown from his 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle during the crash, which occurred just after 5 p.m. in the northbound lanes of the bridge.

The crash caused major traffic delays on both sides of the bridge that continued into Saturday evening as Florida Highway Patrol officers investigated the scene. About two hours after the crash, the Florida Highway Patrol cited Parlin for careless driving leading up to the accident.

According to the Highway Patrol, Parlin was riding his motorcycle north on the bridge when he veered into the paved shoulder of the inside lane of Interstate 275 in an attempt to pass slower traffic. Parlin sped past the slower vehicles in the inside traffic lane until his motorcycle struck the back bumper of a 2005 Chevrolet sport utility vehicle driven by Ayeli Cantu, 34, of Tampa.

The impact of the crash threw Parlin off his motorcycle, investigators said. His motorcycle continued speeding down the bridge, upright and riderless until it collided with the concrete barrier wall and ricocheted across the sluggish traffic lanes, crashing into the back end of a 2012 Chevrolet SUV driven by Donna Hubbard, 47, of Tampa.

Neither Cantu nor Hubbard were injured in the crash.

This is a developing story. Stay with for updates.