Motorcyclist Dies After Colliding With Manatee County Transit Bus In Palmetto

PALMETTO FL - According to a release from the Florida Highway Patrol, a motorcyclist has died as a result of colliding with a Manatee County Transit Bus Thursday morning.

The crash began as a Manatee County Transit Bus driven by a 59-year-old man from Bradenton was heading eastbound on 23rd Street East approaching the intersection of 4th Ave East.

Following behind the Bus was a 49-year-old man from Palmetto riding a motorcycle.

At 10:55:00 AM, the bus slowed down to make a left turn from 23rd Street East onto 4th Ave East.

The motorcycle following behind the bus, accelerated and drove into the other lane (a no-passing lane) in an attempt to overtake and go around the bus.

However, rather than passing the bus, the motorcyclist apparently failed to anticipate the left turn by the driver and misjudged the location of the bus. The left front of the bus crashed into the right front of the motorcycle.

After crashing into the bus the motorcyclist was redirected off the roadway toward the northeast.

The motorcycle entered a property adjacent to the road and collided with a chainlink fence. The impact with the fence ejected the rider from the motorcycle. The motorcycle continued on for a short distance before coming to a stop on it's side facing the southeast.

The 49-year-old motorcyclist from Palmetto was pronounced deceased at the scene by Manatee County Emergency Medical Services.

FHP has also stated that the accident is still under investigation by the FHP Traffic Homicide Unit.

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