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April 1, 2018

Early in the morning of Sunday, April 1st, a motorcyclist from Mount Dora was riding down the westbound lane of State Road 46 when he approached the intersection of State Road 46 and State Road 453.  In front of the motorcyclist at this time was a Ford Fiesta being driven by a 33-year-old.  Behind the motorcycle was a Ford SUV being driven by a 24-year-old individual from Sorrento.

It was shortly after midnight, and the light at the intersection was red for the westbound S.R. 46 lanes.  The Fiesta was stopped at the light, and the motorcyclist, a 37-year-old, slowed to a stop behind it.  For reasons that are not clear, when the SUV approached the light the person behind the wheel did not stop.  It is unknown if they attempted to even slow down, but it seems that they collided into the back of the motorcycle with enough force to plow it into the back of the Fiesta.

Members of the Florida Highway Patrol in Lake County responded to the crash after reports of the incident came in from an unspecified source.  They and other members of Lake County emergency response teams reached the area shortly after the collision took place and began to offer the injured individuals emergency medical care.

The worst of the damage was sustained by the 37-year-old motorcyclist, and he and the 24-year-old driver of the SUV were rushed by ambulance to Florida Hospital Waterman where hospital staff began to administer advanced medical care.

Despite the work of the Florida Hospital Waterman doctors and nurses, the motorcyclist was unable to recover from his devastating injuries, and he was declared dead some time after arriving at the facility.  The driver of the Ford SUV is believed to have survived the crash and initial treatment, but at the time of this writing there have been no additional reports regarding her current status.

Minor injuries were also inflicted upon the driver of the Ford Fiesta, but they did not require immediate hospitalization and were dealt with primarily at the scene of the incident.

An investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol is currently underway regarding the reasons behind the crash.

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