A Bradenton man is dead after a crash involving a motorcycle Saturday morning on U.S. 41 alongside the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.
Chad M. Stephens, 36, was pronounced dead at the scene.
At 8:45 a.m. Saturday, a 63-year-old Bradenton man driving a white 2006 Cadillac Escalade was facing east coming out of McDonald’s at 8164 N. Tamiami Trail and Stephens was on a motorcycle in the left southbound lane. The man driving the Escalade didn’t see Stephens approaching and crossed the southbound lanes into Stephens’ path, causing his motorcycle to crash into the back of the Escalade.
Troopers were dispatched to the scene of the crash on U.S. 41 at the intersection of Braden Avenue in front of Dolphin Aviation.
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One southbound and two northbound lanes of U.S. 41 were closed for several hours while Florida Highway Patrol investigated the scene of the crash.