Howard Frankland Crash Kills Motorcyclist
He overtook and crashed into a trailer being towed by another vehicle, FHP troopers said.
PINELLAS COUNTY – A Palmetto man died of injuries he suffered when he crashed his motorcycle into another vehicle on the Howard Frankland Bridge this morning (Nov. 18), the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Gregory Allen Kubitz, 31, of Palmetto, died at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg where he was taken after the crash.
Another motorcyclist, David Matute-Sorto, 21, of Bradenton, suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.
The crash happened about 2:54 a.m. on the southbound Howard Frankland at about the 34 milepost in Pinellas County.
Troopers said Mr. Kubitz was driving a 2005 Yamaha motorcycle south on the Howard Frankland near the center span hump. He was behind a 2011 Dodge pickup truck driven by Joshua Perry Warner, 21, of St. Petersburg, who was pulling a trailer loaded with three ATVs.
Mr. Kubitz was traveling at a high rate of speed, troopers said, and overtook and hit the trailer near the 34 milepost.
After the impact, Matute-Sorto, who was driving a 2016 Suzuki motorcycle, hit some crash debris.
The crash closed the southbound Howard Frankland for several hours. It was fully reopened about 8:25 a.m.
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