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Motorcyclist critically injured in crash that closed northbound lanes of I-275

A driver in the center lane failed to slow as traffic in front of her did, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

All northbound lanes on Interstate 275 just south of 54th Ave. S in St. Petersburg were shut down Thursday as troopers investigated a three-vehicle crash that left a motorcyclist critically injured, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

According to the Highway Patrol, Diane A. Caraker, 58, of Leverett, Mass., was traveling north in the center lane of I-275 just south of 54th Ave. S around 9:35 a.m.

She failed to slow as traffic ahead of her did, troopers said, and her 2020 Chevrolet Malibu collided with the rear end of a 2002 Honda motorcycle ridden by Richard J. Robbins, 56, of Gulfport.

All northbound lanes on Interstate 275 just south of 54th Ave. S in St. Petersburg were shut down Thursday as troopers investigated a three-vehicle crash that left a motorcyclist critically injured. [ Florida Highway Patrol ]

The impact propelled the motorcycle forward, where it hit the back end of a Nissan Rogue driven by Holly Marie Neuhengen, 35, of Bradenton.

Caraker’s and Neuhengen’s vehicles careened into the outside lane, where the front of Caraker’s car collided with the front of Neuhengen’s vehicle.

All three vehicles came to a stop in the northbound travel lanes.

Robbins sustained critical injuries, according to troopers.

Charges are pending, according to troopers.

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