A Bradenton man riding a scooter was killed Sunday night after being hit from behind by a SUV on State Road 70, according to reports.
The 41-year-old man was riding a scooter east on State Road 70 near the I-75 interchange around 7:20 p.m. when a Jeep Liberty changed lanes behind him and crashed into the scooter, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
The man was thrown from the scooter and transported to Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, where he later died.
The driver of the Jeep, an 18-year-old, was cited for careless driving, according to the FHP.
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