A Winter Haven motorcyclist was killed Thursday morning after a box truck smashed into him, according to investigators.
The crash occurred at the intersection of State Road 559 and County Road 559A in Auburndale shortly after 11 a.m.
According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the driver of a 2003 white Chevrolet box truck was travelling north on State Road 559 when he pulled into the right hand turn lane. However, the driver apparently realized he was turning the wrong way and attempted to make a left turn onto County Road 559 A from the right turn lane.
The 68-year-old motorcyclist was riding a 2009 Harley Davidson on the same road when he saw the truck slow in the turn lane but kept heading north on State Road 559.
The driver of the truck ran into the motorcyclists’ path when he cut across the lanes to make a left turn. The biker attempted to stop, but ultimately smashed into the right rear end of the truck.
Emergency crews tried arrived at the scene and determined the man was killed on impact. According to investigators, the man was wearing his helmet at the time of the incident.
County Road 559A and State Road 559 were closed at the intersection for nearly three hours before it reopened.
The investigation is ongoing.
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