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Motorcyclist's Death Is 2nd On Howard Frankland This Year

Video: Crash Scene | List: Local Motorcycle Crashes Since 2006 TAMPA - A Tampa motorcyclist whose high-speed crash on the Howard Frankland Bridge plunged him into Tampa Bay overnight is the second motorcyclist killed on the bridge this year, the Florida Highway Patrol said today. Scottie Neal Ewing, 29, was in the outside lane of Interstate 275 North shortly before midnight when he lost control of his 2003 Honda motorcycle traveling more than 100 mph, troopers said. Such high speeds seem to come naturally to riders on sport motorcycles, often at their peril, said Trooper Larry Coggins, a highway patrol spokesman. On June 24, another Tampa motorcyclist died while speeding on the Howard Frankland Bridge, he said.
Eric Ramirez, 42, had been trying to merge into another lane when he rear-ended a 1988 Chevrolet and was thrown from his 2006 Kawasaki Ninja, authorities said. "These sport motorcycles are very powerful and very quick to accelerate," Coggins said. "Riders need to remember these motorcycles can quickly get away from the rider and the danger that poses." Ewing's motorcycle struck the outside concrete barrier of the bridge, then struck the inside barrier wall, troopers said. The impact ejected him off the motorcycle and into the bay, where rescue workers recovered his body, troopers said. The speed limit on the bridge is 65 mph. Ewing has no local relatives. Public records show his family lives in Ohio. One other motorist died on the Howard Frankland in May, Coggins said.

Reporter Valerie Kalfrin can be reached at (813) 259-7800.

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