Man dies when motorcycle hits construction equipment

A 29-year-old Sarasota man died early Monday when he crashed his motorcycle into the rear of a front-end loader on Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash on eastbound Bee Ridge Road at Bell Avenue was reported at 2:50 a.m. About 10 minutes later, FHP reported that all lanes of eastbound Bee Ridge Road were closed, and advised motorists to use alternate routes.

As of 7:30 a.m., the roadway had been reopened.

Troopers said Ryan T. Kelly was riding his motorcycle east on Bee Ridge Road near a construction zone when he misjudged the speed of front-end loader that was ahead of him. Kelly’s motorcycle collided with the right rear side and tire of the construction machine, FHP said.

Troopers said the loader was equipped with lights, a slow moving triangle and a flashing yellow light.

Kelly was pronounced dead at the scene.