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Three killed in Pasco crash after SUV driver turns left in front of motorcycle, troopers say

The SUV driver was heading south on U.S. 19 when he turned left into the path of a motorcyclist at the intersection with Bolton Avenue.
Two people were killed early Thursday morning after the driver of a sport-utility vehicle turned left in front of a motorcyclist on U.S. 19, Florida Highway Patrol troopers report.
Two people were killed early Thursday morning after the driver of a sport-utility vehicle turned left in front of a motorcyclist on U.S. 19, Florida Highway Patrol troopers report. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Published Jun. 10
Updated Jun. 12

Three people were killed early Thursday morning after the driver of a sport-utility vehicle turned left in front of a motorcyclist on U.S. 19, Florida Highway Patrol troopers report.

The crash occurred about 12:18 a.m. at U.S. 19 and Bolton Avenue in Hudson. Troopers said a Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by a 20-year-old Hudson man was traveling south in the inside turn lane of U.S. 19. The driver made a left turn at the intersection with Bolton and went into the path of a motorcyclist driving north on U.S. 19, troopers said.

The motorcyclist, a 37-year-old man from Spring Hill, collided with the SUV. Both the motorcyclist and the driver of the SUV died at the scene, troopers said.

A 22-year-old Hudson man, a passenger in the SUV, suffered critical injuries and died Friday, the highway patrol reported.

Troopers said both people in the SUV were wearing seatbelts and that the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Troopers said they had notified family members of both people who died but did not release their names.

The highway patrol often doesn’t release the names of people involved in crashes 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.

This is the second time in two weeks that a driver turning left in front of a motorcyclist in the Tampa Bay area has led to fatal results.

On May 26, a 44-year-old Ruskin man was killed after a 61-year-old woman turned in front of him in Apollo Beach.