Tampa motorcyclist dies in I-4 crash, Florida Highway Patrol says

The man, 34, was trying to avoid an SUV that came into his lane when he changed lanes and crashed into the back of a van Friday night, troopers said.
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Published March 5, 2022|Updated March 5, 2022

A 34-year-old Tampa man has died after his motorcycle collided with a van on Interstate-4 in Hillsborough County on Friday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The motorcycle was in the outside center lane of eastbound I-4 and the van, driven by a 61-year-old man from Richmond, Mich., was in the outside eastbound lane when a black SUV suddenly changed lanes, driving into the path of the motorcycle, troopers said.

The motorcyclist swerved into the outside lane and reduced his speed as he tried to avoid a collision, but he struck the back of the van near Orient Road around 7:40 p.m., the Highway Patrol said in a news release.

The motorcyclist was taken to an area hospital, where he died, the release said. The driver of the van was not injured, nor was his passenger — a 61-year-old woman, also from Richmond.

The Florida Highway Patrol did not name any of the people involved in the crash.

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