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Motorcyclist dies in crash with RV

A second man is in critical condition after the cyclists collided with a motor home.

[Times photo: Stefanie Boyar]
Richard Terrell of the Florida Department of Transportation watches as a motocycle is pulled out from underneath the front bumper of a motor home after a fatal accident Sunday night.


© St. Petersburg Times, published February 12, 2001

BRANDON -- One man was killed and another critically injured in a crash involving two motorcycles and a motor home Sunday evening.

The accident happened about 5:30 p.m. on U.S. 301 just south of Bloomingdale Road. It left two men who had been driving high-rpm motorcycles pinned under a large 1988 Chevrolet motor home.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers at the scene said they were still investigating the accident and could not comment, but many witnesses saw the accident at the busy intersection.

Witnesses said the motorcycles were speeding north on U.S. 301 and might have been racing. Just ahead, around a bend in the road, a northbound motor home driven by a family from Sarasota making a U-turn across the divided highway, swinging wide in order to make it.

"By the time the guys on the bikes were close enough to see it, it was too late because they were going too fast," said Scott Moreno, 18, who lives nearby. "It looked like one of them tried to jump off his bike at the last second. He was the one who died."

The man who survived stayed on his bike as it skidded under the motor home and came to rest under the front bumper. He was taken in critical condition to Tampa General Hospital via helicopter. More than an hour after the accident, his shoe still hung off the front bumper.

Neither man was identified Sunday night by troopers, who still had to notify next of kin.

Both motorcycles appeared to be new and had 30-day temporary license tags.

The motor home was registered to Beverly Laverne Sanderson, 74, of Sarasota, although other family members were driving Sunday. They did not wish to comment Sunday night.

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