Pinellas County, FL (January 13, 2020) - A motorcyclist from Largo was killed in a crash that took place on Ulmerton Road over the weekend. The crash was reported on Saturday, January 11th around 3:30 a.m.
Police say that 55-year-old Dwayne M. Bastress was riding his bike near the intersection of Ulmerton Road and Coral Way. At the same time, 48-year-old Susan Bugala was stopped at a stop sign on Coral. She attempted to make a turn at the stop sign but entered the path of Basstress's motorcycle. The two collided with one another. Bastress was taken to Bayfront Health-St. Petersburg, where he later died on Sunday. He was not wearing a helmet.
The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash at this time. Bugala was charged with a stop sign violation for her role in the collision.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family of Dwayne M. Bastress
Riding a motorcycle is the most dangerous and deadly means of transportation in Florida. Annually, around 500 motorcyclists are killed in crashes on our roadways and approximately 8,000 more will suffer injuries. Even if a motorcycle accident is not fatal, the injuries are often devastating and can lead to long-term medical care. Many motorcyclists are injured or killed in crashes which are not their fault
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