Speeding motorcyclist dies after colliding with car

He was going at least 75 mph in a 35 mph zone when he slammed into the back of a Honda Civic and was dragged.

Published April 24, 2007

LARGO - The speed limit was 35 mph, but by the time Jim Sullivan hit the car in front of him, his motorcycle was traveling at least 75 mph, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

It was 8:35 p.m. Sunday. Sullivan, 44, was heading north on Hamlin Boulevard.

Just south of Brewster Drive, Sullivan's Kawasaki Ninja motorbike slammed into the back of a Honda Civic driven by Mary Connolly, 83, of Largo, troopers said.

Sullivan was thrown into the back of the Civic. He rolled off the car's trunk and was dragged along the road as Connolly tried to stop.

Sullivan wasn't wearing a helmet, according to the highway patrol, and died at the scene of the accident.

On Monday, family and friends gathered at his gray stucco house on San Rafael Drive in Largo.

"He left behind a loving family," said his son, James Sullivan. But the family said it wasn't ready to talk about the loss.

"The people that knew him already know what happened," the younger Sullivan explained.

And then the family went back inside the house.

Connolly, the driver of the Civic, was not hurt.

Times researcher Catherine Wos contributed to this report. Jonathan Abel can be reached at jabel@sptimes.com or 727 445-4157.