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Spring Hill motorcyclist dies after driver turns in front of him, troopers say

The motorcyclist had been driving west on County Line Road at Ruskin Avenue.
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Published Jul. 12

A 49-year-old motorcyclist from Spring Hill died Sunday after a driver turned left in front of his motorcycle in Hernando County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

At 1:38 p.m. Sunday, a car driven by a 74-year-old woman from South Rockwood, Mich., was traveling east on County Line Road. The woman got in the left turn lane to turn onto Ruskin Avenue.

The motorcyclist was traveling west on County Line Road when the woman turned left into the intersection, causing the motorcycle to crash into the right side of the car. He was not wearing a helmet.

The motorcyclist was taken to the hospital but died from his injuries that night, according to troopers.

The woman and her passenger, a 78-year-old woman from Spring Hill, were uninjured.

Troopers did not release the names of those involved 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.