Driver charged with DUI in crash that killed motorcyclist

Driver charged with DUI in crash that killed motorcyclist
Motorcyclist dies in fatal crash Thursday evening in Manatee County

SARASOTA (WWSB) – A motorcyclist is dead and a driver is facing DUI charges following a collision Thursday evening in Manatee County.

Troopers say the motorcyclist, 54-year-old Kenneth S. Bauer of Palmetto, was traveling north on U.S. 301, when a Dodge pickup truck driven by 47-year-old Jose Colon Vega of Palmetto turned left to go south on 301, at the intersection with CR 675.

The motorcycle hit the truck on the driver’s side door. The police report says Bauer was wearing a helmet but was pronounced dead at the scene.

Colon Vega was unhurt. He’s been charged with DUI causing death, DUI property damage and violation of right of way.

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