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Speeding motorcyclist hits back of minivan, dies in St. Petersburg crash

St. Petersburg police said the motorcyclist was weaving through traffic when the crash took place on Roosevelt Boulevard N.
[ Times ]
Published Jul. 18, 2020|Updated Jul. 18, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG — A motorcyclist driving at an “extremely fast speed” died after colliding into the back of a van early Saturday, according to police.

The crash took place at about 12:15 a.m. along the 11200 block of Roosevelt Boulevard N near the Jabil complex.

Felix Melendez was riding a 2020 Kawasaki motorcycle east on Roosevelt Boulevard N, weaving through traffic, according to St. Petersburg police.

Ahead of him was a 2006 Honda minivan, driving east in the median lane.

Melendez struck the right rear of the minivan, police said. After the collision, police said the motorcycle then careened off the south side of the roadway, hitting a guardrail and a light pole.

The motorcyclist was killed in the crash. The driver and passenger of the minivan were not seriously injured.

Police did not disclose Melendez’s age, his estimated speed at the time of the crash or whether he was wearing a helmet.