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Motorcycle Struck From Behind Kills Elderly Driver

LAND O’ LAKES (PASCO) – A Tampa man lost his life this morning after his motorcycle was struck from behind by an SUV on SR-52.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 29-year-old Justin Howard of Spring Hill was traveling eastbound on SR-52, east of Ehren Cutoff, behind a motorcycle driven by a 73-year-old man. Officials say Howard struck the rear of the motorcycle, which was traveling at a much slower speed, killing the driver. Howard was not injured in the crash.

Officials say alcohol is not a factor but charges are pending.

The identity of the victim has not been released.

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  • Was he wearing a helmet?

    Monday, 27 March 2017, 4:41 pm
    • do you realize the trauma of being hit from behind on a motorcycle at a high rate of speed? ask any emt or fire rescue worker or law enforcement officer about helmets and bad motorcycle crashes. Yes they save lives but most of the time reality is what it is.

      Monday, 27 March 2017, 9:02 pm
  • The motorcycle was going 20 in a 55 and had no taillights. Sorry to hear this.

    Sunday, 26 March 2017, 2:55 pm
    • Don’t care if biker was doing 20 or 55. There is NO EXCUSE FOR REAR ENDING & KILLING HIM !!!! When bikers speed people bi**h , if they go slow to enjoy you folks want to bi**h. Perhaps his lights were out maybe not. Could have developed a problem with them. STILL NO EXCUSE FOR REAR ENDING & KILLING HIM. GET OFF YOUR DAMN PHONES & PAY ATTENTION!!!!!! IF YOUNEED GLASSES TO SEE- GET THEM !!!! STOP THE CARNAGE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Sunday, 26 March 2017, 4:52 pm
    • @Ronnie….Can you tell us how you know that? What is your source?
      Thank you

      Sunday, 26 March 2017, 5:39 pm
  • My condolences to the family of the deceased man. RIP sir. 🙁

    I hope they throw the book at JUSTIN HOWARD. However, & unfortunately,
    they most likely won’t charge him with 1st degree MURDER!
    He will probably be charged with vehicular manslaughter?

    Anyone else have an opinion on the pending charges?

    Sunday, 26 March 2017, 2:47 pm
    • you got problems dude.

      Sunday, 26 March 2017, 6:01 pm
  • If alcohol was not a factor, smart phone probably was.

    Sunday, 26 March 2017, 11:38 am
    • Or maybe it was ROAD RAGE?

      Sunday, 26 March 2017, 3:12 pm
  • Prayers for the family

    Saturday, 25 March 2017, 10:41 pm
  • Another motorcycle death. Sure doesn’t seem like riding a bike is worth dying for.

    Saturday, 25 March 2017, 9:52 pm
  • Another accident happened tonight on 52 and it’s partially closed again

    Saturday, 25 March 2017, 9:33 pm
  • THINK TWICE! LOOK OUT FOR BIKES!! Another bike casualty. RIP rider.
    Cagers please look out for bikes and riders. Not all of us drive crazy and there is no excuse for hitting a slower moving biker from behind. The young man could have been texting and I’m not saying he was. That’s just an example of how it could happen. PAY ATTENTION TO THE ROADS!!

    Saturday, 25 March 2017, 9:15 pm
    • If I were to correct your post I would change “slower moving biker” to “slower moving vehicle”. RIP biker hit from behind.

      Sunday, 26 March 2017, 2:58 pm

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