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Hudson woman killed in Pasco motorcycle crash

A Hudson woman was killed Saturday night in Pasco County when the motorcycle she was a passenger on struck a truck.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Patrick McKinney, 29 and of Hudson, was driving his 2003 Kawasaki motorcycle southbound on U.S. 19 at a "high rate of speed" in the inside lane south of New York Avenue.

At 8:15 p.m., the motorcycle drove into the back of a 2004 Ford F150.

Both McKinney and his 24-year-old female passenger — later identified as Monika Elizabeth Wicks — were ejected upon impact, troopers said.

Wicks died at the scene, troopers said. McKinney is in critical condition at Bayonet Hospital.

The victim was not wearing a helmet, troopers said, and alcohol was a factor in the crash.

The F150 driver, Teresa Barthle, 50, and her passenger, Gary Cooper, 53, both of Hudson, were not injured in the crash.

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