Motorcyclist dies after hitting I-275 wall in St. Pete
A 44-year-old man was killed Tuesday night after losing control of his motorcycle and hitting a concrete wall on Interstate 275 near downtown St. Petersburg, troopers said. Shannon Michael Gardner, 44, of St. Petersburg, died at Bayfront Medical Center after the crash, which occurred about 10:30 p.m. on the Interstate 375 entrance ramp off northbound I-275. Gardner, who was wearing a helmet, attempted to pass another motorcycle but lost control of the Kawasaki motorcycle while negotiating a curve on the ramp, troopers said. Gardner's bike collided with the outside barrier wall, and he was ejected onto the road, the Florida Highway Patrol said.A highway patrol investigator's report did not identify the other motorcyclist. No charged were filed, the report said.