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Fatal crash reported on Waters Avenue in Tampa

TAMPA — A 22-year-old Tampa man died Friday afternoon when he crashed his motorcycle into a school bus, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.

José Rodriguez was riding a 2008 Yamaha motorcycle at a high rate of speed while heading east on Waters Avenue.

At around 4:30 p.m., a school bus heading west on Waters Avenue made a left turn onto Twelve Oaks Boulevard.

Rodriguez increased his speed when the bus made the left turn, but he struck the front of the school bus, the sheriff’s office said.

Rodriguez’s motorcycle continued and struck the driver’s side of a 2002 Mercury Sable that was stopped at a traffic light and was facing northbound on Twelve Oaks Boulevard, the sheriff’s office said.

Rodriguez, who wasn’t wearing a helmet, was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital where he died, the sheriff’s office said.

There were five students on the bus, but they weren’t injured. They were released to their parents, the sheriff’s office said.

The driver of the bus wasn’t injured but was taken to Town & Country Hospital for evaluation.

The driver of the Mercury Sable was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital with non-incapacitating injuries, the sheriff’s office said.

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