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Fourth cyclist dies during Bike Week

A 28-year-old Deltona man is thrown from his motorcycle after striking a tree.

By Associated Press
Published March 7, 2004

DELTONA - A motorcyclist was killed Saturday when he ran off the road and struck a tree, bringing the death toll at Bike Week to four.

Hector Torres, 28, of Deltona, was the only person involved in the wreck, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Torres was thrown from the motorcycle after missing a curve and striking a tree. He was wearing a novelty helmet, not a safety helmet, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.

He was the fourth motorcyclist to die in Volusia County during bike week, which began Feb. 27 and ends today.

Meanwhile, two motorcyclists in Marion County died in separate wrecks in two days.

Scott A. Ferko was riding a 2001 Yamaha R1 on Saturday when an 1998 Oldsmobile LS turned in front of him, troopers said. Ferko struck the right side of the car and flipped at least twice before hitting a trailer that was carrying boulders behind a truck. The truck was driving behind the Oldsmobile.

The front half of his motorcycle landed on the shoulder, a few yards from the back half in the middle of the road, the Ocala Star-Banner reported.

Ferko was pronounced dead at Munroe Regional Medical Center. No one else was injured.

On Friday, Shaun Lowe, 22, of Leesburg, was driving his Yamaha motorcycle on U.S. 441 near Lady Lake when a Chevrolet Corsica pulled out in front of him, troopers said. He was pronounced dead at Orlando Regional Medical Center.

Both Ferko and Lowe were wearing helmets, troopers said.

[Last modified March 7, 2004, 01:35:55]

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