Bradenton man killed in motorcycle crash on U.S. 301

A Bradenton man was killed in a motorcycle crash that blocked multiple lanes of U.S. 301 in Manatee County on Thursday morning.

The deadly motorcycle crash was reported shortly after 8 a.m. on U.S. 301 at Tallevast Road, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

The motorcycle, driven by 44-year-old Jason Tasler of Bradenton, was driving south in the left lane of U.S. 301. A tractor trailer was also southbound on U.S. 301 and was stopped for a red light at the intersection of Tallevast Road.

Tasler passed traffic in front of him on the left, going into the left-turn-only lane and went back into left lane, where he struck the rear of the trailer.

Tasler was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 41-year-old man driving the tractor trailer was not injured in the crash.

The road was cleared and reopened by 10:45 a.m.

Sara Nealeigh covers what’s happening in the cities of Bradenton and Palmetto, Florida for the Bradenton Herald. She previously covered breaking news for the Herald after moving to Florida from Ohio in 2016.