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Two Motorcyclists Killed in Separate, Same-Day Tampa Area Crashes

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Posted on March 12, 2014

On Saturday, March 1, two motorcyclists were killed in two separate fatal motorcycle accidents, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The first of the two fatalities took place close to 1:34 p.m. A 23-year-old Tampa man riding a 1997 Suzuki 900 was travelling west on State Road 574 in the left-turn lane. At the same time, Wesley Ethan Bozeman, age 26, of Sydney, Australia, was heading west in a 2007 Ford Focus on SR-574 in the center lane, FHP noted.

The Suzuki motorcycle then turned left into the path of the approaching Ford, colliding with the sedan. The sharp impact caused the Ford to spin and strike a 2007 Kia Spectra driven by Leticia Guadalupe Perez-Garcia, age 27, of Seffner, who was stopped and waiting at a red light.

The name of the motorcyclist was initially withheld pending notification of next of kin. The man was taken to Brandon Regional Medical Center, where he died from severe trauma. Bozeman and Perez-Garcia were not hurt. No charges were filed, according to FHP.

The second fatal motorcycle crash involved a single vehicle accident and occurred at 8:07 p.m. A 51-year-old Apollo Beach motorcyclist, whose name was also initially withheld pending notification of next of kin, was heading south on County Road 583 north of Blair Avenue. In the midst of a left curve, the rider lost control of the 2014 Harley Davidson, FHP said. The motorcycle veered off the roadway and onto the west shoulder of CR-583, where the cycle then flipped and ejected the rider, who was pronounced dead at the accident scene, FHP added.