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Biker Dies In Crash; Second Fatal Motorcycle Accident In 2 Days

Frank J. Pena was making a left turn onto St. Cloud Avenue when he collided with a car.

A Valrico motorcyclist died in a crash on State Road 60 on Tuesday night, Oct. 4, the second motorcycle fatality on Brandon area roads in two days.

The crash occurred at 6:50 p.m. when Frank J. Pena was riding his 1981 Yamaha Eleven west on State Road 60 in the left turn lane at St. Cloud Avenue, according to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol.

Pena, 51, made a left turn under a green light into the path of a 1995 Mercury Grand Marquis where he collided with the passenger side of the car.

Pena was thrown from his bike and died at the scene.

A Seffner teen riding a motorcycle was when he crashed into a pickup truck on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

The crash remains under investigation.

MD October 05, 2011 at 09:43 PM
there needs to be a serious review of motorcycle safety on the roads, too many lives lost .....and also a public education service put in place to remind drivers of the dangers of not being aware of motorcylists within their sights......
Julia Young October 06, 2011 at 01:04 AM
On the other hand, there are plenty of motorcyclists in need of safety classes as well. I can't tell anything about the driving of these two victims, but I have seen plenty motorcyclists driving in between lanes of traffic, zipping in and out of lanes, and other dangerous behavior. And I don't understand driving without a helmet. I happened to drive past Tuesday's scene shortly after it occurred. I did pray for the comfort of those who loved this man. I also prayed for all drivers to be safe and protected from harm.
Evelyn Vance October 06, 2011 at 01:55 AM
I found both of these comments to be insightful and caring. Frank Pena was my neighbor 2 doors down, though I had not yet met the man. Like Julia, we prayed for those who loved this man & also for any other driver involved. So very sad!
MD October 06, 2011 at 11:04 PM
Good valid points Julia, I agree with you....just such a tragic loss
judi musko October 06, 2011 at 11:05 PM
I know a person that lives 3 doors south of the intersection and he said the car made the left turn to travel south on St Cloud not Frank - that makes sense Frank was headed home toStrawberry ridge. We need Accident scene photos if there are any to help Frank's out of state family!!!!

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