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Zephyrhills motorcyclist, 24, dies after striking utility trailer on U.S. 301

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Published Aug. 12

ZEPHYRHILLS — A 24-year-old motorcyclist died Sunday evening after crashing into a utility trailer that crossed into his path, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash took place at U.S. 301 and Bailey Hill Road at about 6:20 p.m. Sunday. Martin Alvarez-Baeza, of Zephyrhills, was driving a 2010 Chevy pickup truck east on Bailey Hill Road, crossing the southbound lanes of U.S. 301.

At the same time, Nathaniel Eli Hansen, 24, of Zephyrhills, was traveling south along U.S. 301 at a high rate of speed on a 2018 Honda motorcycle, the Highway Patrol said.

Hansen struck the left side of the utility trailer the Chevy was towing and was thrown off the motorcycle. He was later pronounced dead at Tampa General Hospital. He was wearing his helmet at the time of the crash, troopers said.

Alvarez-Baeza was not injured. Charges may be pending in this incident, the Highway Patrol said.

Contact Sam Ogozalek at sogozalek@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3430. Follow @SamOgozalek.

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