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Motorcycle rider killed trying to pass SUV on S.R. 54, troopers say

The 50-year-old Lutz man was fatally injured in the crash about 4:10 p.m. on State Road 54 near Hunting Bow Circle in Odessa.
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Published Apr. 11
Updated Apr. 11

ODESSA — A 50-year-old Lutz man died when he drove his motorcycle into the back of a vehicle while trying to pass it Saturday evening, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The collision occurred about 4:10 p.m. on State Road 54 near Hunting Bow Circle in Odessa.

The motorcycle rider was headed east when he hit the rear of a sport utility vehicle carrying the driver, a 56-year-old woman, and passenger, a 16-year-old girl, both from Land O’ Lakes. Neither of them was injured.

Upon impact, the motorcycle overturned and came to rest on the south shoulder of S.R. 54. The rider, who was wearing a helmet, died at a hospital from his injuries.

The Highway Patrol did not release the name of those involved in the crash because of its interpretation of Marsy’s Law, a voter-approved amendment to the state Constitution that was meant to protect crime victims but that deprives the public of information long available under Florida’s public records law.