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Officer strikes motorcyclist, causing fatal crash with semi truck


One man is dead after being struck by a trooper and then run over by a semi truck in Florida on Monday night. 

The accident happened on October 18th at 7:31 p.m. near Auburndale, Florida. 

According to Law and Crime, the 30-year-old trooper was heading west on State Route 400 towards a construction zone to help shut down a lane for workers when he struck a 52-year-old motorcyclist on a Harley. The force of the impact threw the biker from the motorcycle and he landed in the roadway, directly in the path of an oncoming semi truck. 

The 25-year-old truck driver was unable to avoid the thrown motorist and struck him, killing him on scene. 

The Florida Highway Patrol released the following statement about the incident. (V-1 is the FHP cruiser; V-2 is the motorcycle and D-2 is the motorcyclist; V-3 is the tractor-trailer):

V-1, a 2017 marked Florida Highway Patrol Dodge patrol car, was stationary in the inside shoulder of westbound SR-400 at Milepost 43, west of SR-559. V-2, a 2015 Harley Davidson motorcycle, was traveling westbound on SR-400 in the inside lane. V-3 was traveling westbound on SR-400 in the center lane, parallel to V-2. While in the process of assisting a roadway construction crew to install a lane closure for highway repairs, V-1 entered the inside lane and path of V-2; as a result, V-2 collided with the right front side of V-1 and the rider was ejected from the motorcycle. D-2 fell into the path of and was struck by V-3 which, post-crash, along with V-1, came to a controlled stop. D-2 suffered fatal injuries at the scene of the crash.

Neither the trooper or the truck driver involved in the incident sustained injuries. FHP says that the crash is still under investigation and could take three months or more to complete. 


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