A motorcyclist lost his life on Friday, February 28th when his motorcycle
slammed into the back end of a pickup truck on East State Road 40 at Southeast
185th Court, according to an accident report filed by the Florida Highway Patrol.
State troopers responding to the fatal traffic accident said the motorcyclist
was taken by ambulance to Ocala Regional Medical Center, where he later
died from severe injuries. Traffic investigators identified the deceased
motorcyclist as 46-year-old Bryant Giannino of Orlando. According to authorities,
the rider was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Motorcycle
helmets are not required under Florida law.
Around 12:00 p.m., a westbound 2012 Ford F-250 pickup truck had stopped
as the driver prepared to turn left into Lena’s Seafood, troopers
noted. Suddenly, the motorcycle struck the back of the pickup. Giannino
was ejected from the motorcycle and landed in the roadway.
The two occupants in the pickup — Robin Lemastus, age 50, of Kentucky,
and her 15-year-old daughter — did not suffer any injuries in the
accident. Tom Aprigliano, age 53, and his fiancée, Louise Cappatt,
52, both of Deltona, were riding together on a separate motorcycle following
behind their friend, Giannino.
Aprigliano claims the pickup stopped “dead in the middle of the street
and (Giannino) never hit the brakes.” He also claimed he did not
see any indicators or turn signals to indicate that the vehicle was about
to turn left.
motorcycle accident was the second to occur in Marion County in just four days in which a
motorcyclist was either killed or seriously injured and not wearing a
helmet. The fatality is the eighth traffic death in Marion County so far
this year. It was not made clear whether any traffic citations were pending
in connection with the accident.
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