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Valrico motorcyclist dies in head-on crash in Zephryhills

A Valrico motorcyclist was killed in Zephyrhills this morning in a head-on crash after trying to pass another vehicle on a curve.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Bryan David Smith, 39, was traveling northbound on State Road 39, near Fredda Avenue, at 6 a.m. when he attempted to pass another vehicle in a curve marked a no-passing zone.

Smith crashed head-on into a 2004 Hyundai Sonata driven by 28-year-old Jennifer Patrice Pienkowski of Wesley Chapel, the FHP said.

Smith, who was wearing a helmet, was thrown from the vehicle and was transported to Florida Hospital, where he later died, the FHP said.

Pienkowski sustained minor injuries, the FHP said. Investigators are determining whether alcohol was a factor in the crash.

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