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Motorcyclist dies after hitting truck

The man was traveling about 120 mph when he struck a pickup from behind.


© St. Petersburg Times, published September 27, 2001

The man was traveling about 120 mph when he struck a pickup from behind.

A Palm Harbor motorcyclist has died after a collision Friday night in which he hit the back of a pickup truck while traveling about 120 mph, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The accident occurred about 10:45 p.m. as Geoffrey Daniel Mims, 21, of 3469 Fox Hunt Drive, was riding on the inside northbound lane of the Bayside Bridge when he tried to overtake a Nissan light pickup that also was in the inside lane. The front of the motorcycle struck the left back side of the truck, which was traveling about 60 mph, said highway patrol Sgt. Jackie Freeman.

Mims, who was wearing a helmet, was thrown about 245 feet, Freeman said. He died at Bayfront Medical Center the next day, hospital officials said.

After the impact, the pickup veered left and struck the inside wall. The driver, Aron Bechiom, 32, of 15100 Rescue Way, Clearwater, and his passenger, Angela Hudec, 26, of 13790 Spoonbill Lane, Clearwater, suffered non-incapacitating injuries, Freeman said.

Freeman said there was no indication that alcohol was a factor in the crash. No charges will be filed, she said.

Mims, a native of Largo, moved in 1999 from Seminole to Palm Harbor. He worked the last six years as a foreman and concrete specialist for Charger Enterprises, Seminole. He was a member of Palm Harbor Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Mims is survived by his wife, Tiffany L.; his parents, Virginia and Gerald Mims, a brother, Pearson C., a sister, Courtney R. Mims, and his maternal grandparents, Geraldine and Charles Wolfersberger, all of Seminole; his paternal grandmother, Nancy Broeker, Floral City; and his parents-in-law, Tracy and Coby Hutchinson, Palm Harbor.

A memorial service for Mims will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the auditorium at Countryside High School.

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