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Motorcyclist dies in Gibsonton crash

A motorcyclist was killed Wednesday night when he was struck by a pickup truck in Gibsonton.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 25-year-old Roberto Joseph Cosme, of Gibsonton, was struck around 6:50 p.m. while riding southbound on U.S. 41, south of West Bloomingdale Avenue in Gibsonton.

The FHP said Cosme was behind a Dodge Ram when its driver, 44-year-old Ricky Allen, attempted to change lanes while on a curve.

Cosme did not slow down and struck the back of the truck, troopers say.

Cosme, who was wearing a helmet, was transported to Tampa General Hospital, where he later died, troopers say. Allen suffered minor injuries.

Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, troopers say.

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