On Wednesday, January 30th, a 20-year-old man from Lutz lost his life after
an early morning
motorcycle crash on State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel.
Darren Richard Derby was travelling west on a Suzuki GSX-R600 in the outside
lane of S.R. 54 close to Oakley Boulevard at 7:05 am, according to a Florida
Highway Patrol report. At the same moment, Kayla Lancaster, age 22, of
Wesley Chapel, was heading eastbound on the same road. Lancaster stopped
to turn left onto northbound Oakley Boulevard. According to the accident
report, she waited at the intersection for a van in the inside westbound
lane to pass. She then turned left, crossing into the path of the motorcycle.
Derby slammed into the left side of the Mazda that Lancaster was driving.
Derby was ejected from the motorcycle, the accident report states. Despite
the fact he was wearing a helmet, Derby suffered severe traumatic injuries
and was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency rescue units. An investigation
is ongoing. It was not made clear whether Lancaster was cited in connection
with the accident. Statistically, the majority of fatal accidents between
a motorcycle and another vehicle involve a car or truck that turns left
in front of the oncoming/approaching motorcycle rider.