A motorcyclist died early this morning when he ran a stop sign and collided with a car on Manatee Avenue West, according to Bradenton police.
Shortly, before 6 a.m., the motorcyclist, Adam D. Arling, 22, of Bradenton, was heading south on 46th Street West when he ran the stop sign and collided with a Ford Mustang heading west on Manatee, said Bradenton Police Department Traffic Sgt. Brian Thiers.
The impact sent the car off the road and into a fence and a gas station, according to police.
Arling’s motorcycle was lying in the road in two pieces - with one next to his body and the other on shoulder of the roadway.
The 36-year-old Palmetto man driving the Mustang, who was on his way to work, was not injured, Thiers said.
Westbound Manatee Avenue West was closed from 5:45 a.m. until just before 9 a.m. as police investigated the crash.
This makes the sixth fatal motorcycle in Manatee County this year, and the first in the city of Bradenton. Arling was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.