Biker killed near downtown Ocala in fatal crash

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A motorcyclist died Friday night in a collision between two vehicles on Silver Springs Boulevard, just east of downtown Ocala.

Officers from the Ocala Police Department blocked off part of the boulevard so they could investigate the accident involving a motorcycle and a Hyundai Elantra.

According to police at the scene, the Elantra was heading north on 12th Northeast Terrace, approaching a stop sign. The rider was heading west on Silver Springs Boulevard.

Authorities said it appeared the car was attempting to cross the boulevard’s four lanes when it and the motorcycle collided.

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The impact ejected the biker, who landed near the Checkers restaurant. The runner, identified by officers only as a male, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The person driving the Hyundai, a woman, was not seriously injured. The car’s front windshield was cracked and the side of the vehicle was badly damaged.

Officers said they were notified of the accident at 7:02 p.m. and arrived at 7:06 p.m.

Witness statement

Brandon Epps told The Star-Banner he made a right turn onto the Boulevard from northeast 16th Avenue. He said that while driving, the biker passed him. Epps said there was also a second rider.

Epps said on his way to Northeast 12th Terrace he saw the Hyundai come to the stop sign, stop briefly, then come forward and hit the motorcycle. He said if the rider hadn’t been hit, he probably would have been.

“She didn’t see me or him,” Epps said.

Friday’s death was the seventh road fatality in Ocala so far this year. At the same time last year, police recorded six road fatalities. For the whole of 2020, the agency investigated 16 fatal traffic accidents.

Contact Austin L. Miller at 867-4118, [email protected] or @almillerosb.


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