Man dies on SR 40 East

SALT SPRINGS — A motorcyclist was killed Saturday afternoon when he was ejected off his bike and landed in the middle of State Road 40 East several miles from State Road 19.

According to Florida Highway Patrol troopers on scene, witnesses reported that the rider and at least one other motorcyclist were speeding westbound on SR 40 when the victim failed to negotiate a right curve and lost control.

Troopers were told that the bike briefly entered the eastbound lane, then struck the back of a boat trailer. The rider, whose name was not provided, was thrown from the bike.

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