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St. Petersburg motorcyclist killed when car turns into his path

The crash occurred at 5:04 p.m. Sunday on First Avenue S near 30th Street.
The driver of a Mini Cooper turned left into the path of a motorcycle rider on First Ave North, St. Petersburg police said.
The driver of a Mini Cooper turned left into the path of a motorcycle rider on First Ave North, St. Petersburg police said. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Published Mar. 21, 2022|Updated Mar. 21, 2022

ST. PETERSBURG — A driver turning left from a one-way street struck a St. Petersburg motorcycle rider traveling in the same direction, killing the rider, police said.

The crash occurred at 5:04 p.m. Sunday on First Avenue S near 30th Street.

The driver of a red Mini Cooper was driving in the center lane of First Avenue S and tried to turn left onto 30th Street, entering the lane where 41-year-old Elijah Cates was also traveling east. The car turned in front of Cates’ black Harley Davidson Street Glide and the two vehicles collided, police said.

Cates was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the car remained behind and cooperated with police.

Police did not identify the driver.