Fatal accident kills motorcyclist in New Tampa

Published March 16, 2013

TAMPA — A man died after a car collided with his motorcycle on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard in New Tampa Friday night, police said.

Gregory Joseph Ashpaugh, 26, of Tampa was driving a 2008 Kawasaki motorcycle on Commerce Palms Drive toward Bruce B. Downs Boulevard when a car struck him, Tampa police said.

Rossi C. Lopez, 23, of Tampa, had stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of Commerce Palms and Compton Drive but did not see Ashpaugh approaching. Her 2008 Pontiac G6 struck the motorcycle and Ashpaugh was ejected. He went through the rear left side window of the Pontiac and became lodged in the back seat, police said.

Ashpaugh died at the scene.

Police cited Lopez for failure to yield the right of way at a stop sign.