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Siesta Key Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 1 year ago

UPDATE: Motorcyclist killed in Siesta Key crash

The Sarasota Police Department is investigating a Saturday morning collision involving a car and motorcycle at the intersection of Siesta Drive and Higel Avenue.
by: David Conway Deputy Managing Editor

UPDATE: A motorcyclist was killed in a crash on north Siesta Key early Saturday morning, the Sarasota Police Department announced today.

Police are still investigating the collision, which occurred at Siesta Drive and Higel Avenue. In a statement, the department said a motorcyclist lost control of the motorcycle while traveling northbound. Another vehicle traveling southbound then hit the motorcyclist. The motorcyclist died on scene, the police said.

Police have not publicly identified the motorcyclist, for the department has not yet notified the individual's family. The cause of the crash is unknown.

Residents living near the scene of the incident have campaigned for safety improvements along Siesta Drive and Higel Avenue, expressing concern about the number of crashes that occur in the area. 

While investigating the crash, the police closed a segment of Siesta Drive and Higel Avenue between midnight and 5 a.m. Saturday. The road is now reopened. 

Previously: The Sarasota Police Department closed a major intersection on north Siesta Key following a crash early Saturday morning.

At 12:34 a.m., the department announced it was investigating a collision involving a car and motorcycle at the intersection of Siesta Drive and Higel Avenue. The department said the motorcyclist was being transported to the hospital with critical injuries.

The police said Siesta Drive would be closed between White Lane and Ogden Street for several hours as authorities respond to the incident.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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