Traffic jam

Traffic was backed up on eastbound State Road 26 for two miles while FHP cleared the scene in Jonesville.

A 20-year-old motorcycle driver from Gainesville died after a collision with an SUV at the corner of W. Newberry Road and SW 170th Street in Jonesville Tuesday evening.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the driver of a 2016 Kia Sorrento was traveling west on State Road 26 (Newberry Road). The driver of a 2008 Suzuki motorcycle was traveling east on State Road 26.

At the intersection of CR 241 (SW 170th Street) the SUV driver made a left turn in front of the motorcycle, which struck the right front of the SUV, according to the FHP.

The motorcycle driver was pronounced deceased on the scene.

The FHP did not identify either the motorcycle driver or the 64-year-old female driver of the SUV, who is from Williston.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the official account provided by the Florida Highway Patrol Wednesday afternoon. Our original breaking news report was based on the limited information immediately available. 

Mainstreet Daily News Reporter

Suzette Cook is a Mainstreet Daily News reporter who has been a community journalist for more than 30 years.

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