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Teen killed in Florida motorcycle crash

A 19-year-old man in Florida was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident on Dec. 5, 2016. The accident happened right around 10:25 a.m.

Reports indicate that the young man was riding north on 66th Street North, while a woman in a 2013 Jeep Wrangler was heading south on the same road. The woman in the Wrangler then slowed to turn, moved into the left-hand turn lane and started across the intersection.

Unfortunately, it appears that she didn't see the motorcycle and she turned right in front of it. The bike slammed into the Wrangler and the young man was killed; the officials noted that he had died at the crash site. He did not have a motorcycle helmet on at the time of the accident.

Some reports did indicate that the driver of the motorcycle may have accelerated and switched lanes right before he reached the Wrangler and the intersection. Another car was coming through, and this change could have accounted for the woman's inability to see the bike. He had previously been behind the other car, then moved to the other lane and sped up.

Police are investigating the accident to find out more about exactly how it happened.

This is a tragic story, but it perfectly illustrates why left-turn accidents are some of the most dangerous for motorcycle riders. When other drivers don't see the smaller bikes and cut in front of them, the motorcycle riders are far more likely to be injured or killed. If you've lost a loved one or been injured yourself, you may be able to seek compensation.

Source: ABC, "19-year-old killed in motorcycle crash in St. Pete," Camille Spencer, Dec. 06, 2016

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