Gainesville woman hits, kills I-75 motorcyclist

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A Gainesville woman struck and killed a motorcyclist on I-75 early Tuesday morning, according to Florida Highway Patrol (FHP).

A Tuesday morning report said the incident occurred at 12:22 a.m. in the northbound lanes near mile marker 387, which is the Newberry Road exit. According to FHP, a 42-year-old Gainesville woman drove her sedan into the back of the motorcyclist, an unidentifed person from St. Cloud, Florida.

The impact of the collision ejected the rider onto the roadway. The woman continued forward another 1,500 feet with the motorcycle entrapped under it, before coming to a stop on the east shoulder of the interstate.

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The woman, who was wearing a seatbelt, was uninjured in the crash.

A third vehicle, a tractor trailer, struck some of the motorcycle debris in the roadway, but its driver was also uninjured.

FHP spokesman Patrick Riordan said a death investigation, also known as a traffic homicide investigation, is under way and the sedan driver could potentially faces charges.

“[The investigation] will be on going for the next 90-120+ days before we factually conclude what occurred and what charges maybe applicable under Fla Statutes,” Riordan wrote in an email.

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