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Speeding motorcyclist kills elderly pedestrian walking to store

A recent motorcycle accident has claimed the life of an elderly woman on her way to the store and has left the motorcycle driver hospitalized with serious injuries. The accident happened on Spring Hill Drive in Spring Hill, Florida, as the woman tried to cross the street to go shopping.

The motorcyclist was a 30-year-old man from Spring Hill with numerous traffic violations. He had previously been arrested for and convicted of driving under the influence. At one point he spent over two years in prison for drunk driving. The driver also had to pay one of his victims $510,000 in restitution, but it is unclear what types and the extent of damages he had caused.

The motorcyclist also had passed in a no-passing zone and had until August 8 to complete a driving school course. While the motorcyclist had been ordered to attend the course, his license was valid at the time of the accident.

The Florida Highway Patrol are awaiting a toxicology report to determine whether the driver was operating his vehicle while he was under the influence of alcohol or a drug. When the report is returned, it will determine whether charges are appropriate.

The 73-year-old woman who was struck and killed made a habit of walking to the store. Neighborhood residents saw her quite frequently walking to and from the shopping center, but they did not know her personally.

According to the St. Petersburg Times, the motorcyclist was speeding when he hit the woman as she crossed the street.

Source: St. Petersburg Times, "Authorities identify pedestrian killed by motorcyclist in Spring Hill," Melvin Backman, July 30, 2011

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