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Motorcyclist dies in St. Pete Beach collision

Deputies say his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck that was turning into a parking lot.
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Published Nov. 21
Updated Nov. 21

A motorcyclist died after a collision with a pickup truck that was turning into a parking lot Saturday night in St. Pete Beach, according to a Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Kenan Rader, 56, was driving his white Ford pickup truck north on Gulf Boulevard while Eric Babb, 45, was riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle south on the same road around 10:48 p.m. Saturday, deputies said. As Rader turned left into a parking lot, his vehicle and Babb’s motorcycle collided. Witnesses told deputies that the motorcyclist was driving at a high speed before the crash.

Babb was pronounced dead after he was taken to Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

The investigation is ongoing.