Fiery Motorcycle Crash Claims the Life of Spring Hill Man
HUDSON – A Spring Hill Man died last night after the motorcycle he was driving was struck by an SUV on US-19.
According to officials, 31-year-old Paul Thomas Mello was traveling southbound on US-19 in the left turn lane, north of Tower Drive. 29-year-old Donald Patenaude, also of Spring Hill, was traveling northbound when Mello pulled into the path of Patenaude’s SUV, attempting to make a U-turn. Mello’s motorcycle was struck by the SUV causing both vehicles to burst into flames.
Witnesses say the victim was dragged by the SUV several yards before coming to a stop.
Mellow was transported to a trauma center where he later died from his injuries.
Patenaude and a passenger in the SUV were not injured in the crash.
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