2 Dead After Trucker Unable To Avoid Motorcyclists… FHP Says “Charges Pending”
Marion County, Florida – Two motorcyclists from Tornino, Italy were killed after being run over by a big rig along Interstate 75 south of Ocala Thursday morning.
According to Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), Bruno Dicosimo, 55, and Francesco Vitagliano, age unknown, were driving 2018 Harley Davidson motorcycles north on I-75 near Mile Marker 343 at approximately 9:30 a.m. when the fatal accident occurred.
Investigators said the motorcyclists were traveling in the inside lane and a 2019 Volvo hauling U.S. mail and driven by Rudolph J. Henriques, 66, of Lauderhill, FL, was operating slightly behind them in the center lane.
Traffic ahead of the vehicles had slowed down due to a previous accident involving a Saturn SUV that had lost control and slammed into a guardrail.
As the two motorcyclists began to slow, Dicosimo lost control and fell over onto his side.
Vitagliano then also lost control as he tried to avoid colliding with Dicosimo and lay his bike on its side.
The two men then slid into the center lane, and despite Henriques swerving to avoid them, the riders were crushed by the big rig, according to FHP.
A 2018 Subaru Forester, driven by Ralph Plato, 50, of Casselberry, FL, was traveling behind Henriques and collided into the rear of the tractor-trailer.
Henriques and Plato were uninjured.
Henriques told local news outlet Ocala.com that he did everything he could to avoid hitting the motorcyclists.
“I always see it in the other lanes,” he said, referring to fatal crashes on the other side of I-75. “I never thought it would happen to me.”
According to Ocala.com’s report, witnesses agreed that Henriques attempted to avoid the crash.
However, according to a separate report by local news outlet WTSP, troopers indicated “charges are pending.”
Transportation Nation Network will continue to monitor any new developments.