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FHP: Tampa motorcyclist fatally struck by driver who ran red light

TAMPA — A 54-year-old motorcyclist was killed Sunday night after being struck by a driver who ran a red light, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash took place at about 9 p.m. at the intersection of Bearss Avenue and Interstate 275.

Motorcyclist Brian William Lester was headed east on Bearss approaching the interstate and waiting for the light to turn green to make a left turn onto the southbound I-275 on-ramp. Ruth Sanchez-Arias, 35, was headed west on Bearss in a 2005 Jeep Liberty, the FHP said.

When the green turn light was lit, the motorcyclist proceeded through the intersection. But Arias failed to stop for a red light, the FHP said, struck the motorcycle and pushed it into a support beam.

Lester was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing his helmet, troopers said. Arias was arrested on a charge of driving without a valid driver’s license involving death. She was booked into the Hillsborough County jail but freed Monday after posting $2,000 bail.

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