Motorcyclist dies on U.S. 41

MANATEE -- A motorcyclist was killed and a pedestrian injured late Tuesday night at U.S. 41 and 49th Avenue Drive West.

North-bound U.S. 41 was closed at 53rd Avenue West as Florida Highway Patrol investigators try to piece together what happened.

The pedestrian is believed to have been trying to aid a motorcyclist who had fallen, when they were struck by a car, an FHP trooper said.

The pedestrian's injuries were believed to be minor, and he was transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The accident was reported at 11:15 p.m., and troopers were expected to be on scene for several hours.