Update: Bradenton motorcyclist, 18, killed in Cortez crash

HERALD STAFF REPORTMarch 8, 2014 

— An 18-year-old Bradenton motorcyclist was killed Saturday afternoon when he was struck by a 90-year-old driver who failed to yield while making a turn on Cortez Road, authorities report.

Hugo Arellano was in the outside lane of Cortez heading east on his 2004 Suzuki bike around 4:20 p.m. when the accident occurred, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

A 2012 Buick LaCrosse driven by William H. Mitchell of Bradenton was headed in the opposite direction on Cortez and attempted to turn left onto 106th Street West, according to the FHP report.

Mitchell failed to yield to the motorcycle’s right of way, investigators said, and his car struck its right side.

Arellano was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Law enforcement had the accident scene taped off a short time later as traffic was backed up to the Cortez Bridge.

“There was a body laying on the ground with a white sheet covering him,” said Daniel Gamero, a passing motorist who was headed west on Cortez around 5:25 p.m.

Mitchell suffered minor injuries in the crash, the report indicates. His 80-year-old passenger was unhurt.

Charges are pending in the case, the highway patrol said.

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