FHP IDs Vero motorcyclist killed in Turnpike crash


OSCEOLA COUNTY — A motorcyclist killed in a crash on Florida’s Turnpike on Monday has been identified, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers said Ernest Velez, 55, of Vero Beach, was driving north on a motorcycle at 8:25 a.m. Monday near mile marker 235 in Osceola County. For an unknown reason, the motorcycle went into the median and struck a guardrail.

The impact jolted Velez off the vehicle and caused the motorcycle to rollover, troopers said. Velez was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, an FHP report shows.

FHP continues to investigate the crash.

No further information was available. 

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