MANATEE -- A motorcyclist crashed while fleeing a deputy who was trying to make a traffic stop late Tuesday, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
About 9:24 p.m., a deputy was stopped in the 1400 block of Cortez Road, when he heard a loud motorcycle west of his location. He continued west on Cortez Road and saw the motorcycle stopped at the red light at 34th Street West, according to a news release.
When the light turned green, the motorcyclist took off at a high rate of speed. A pursuit ensued, and as it reached 51st Street West, the motorcyclist maneuvered between two vehicles stopped at the light before colliding with a car that then collided with another car.
The motorcyclist, identified as Joshua Silvani, was thrown about 155 feet from the motorcycle, according to the sheriff's office.
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His condition was not known early Wednesday.