A 28-year-old Port Richey man died late Sunday when his motorcycle collided with a decorative rock, according to reports.
The Florida Highway Patrol believes he was riding his 2007 Hyosung motorcycle eastbound on Bougenville Drive just east of Raffia Drive at 11:30 p.m. when he lost control while trying to negotiate a curve in the road.
The motorcycle went off the road, onto the shoulder and collided with a decorative rock on the side of the road. The man was ejected from the motorcycle.
He was taken to Bayonet Point Regional Medical Center, where he died.
The crash is still under investigation.
Riding a motorcycle presents certain dangers that drivers of larger, passenger vehicles do not encounter. Gravel on the road or an object, like a rock, that causes a biker to swerve can cause serious accidents. Because bikes do not offer the protection that the shell of a car does, bikers and their passengers are at a greater risk of suffering serious or fatal injuries.
Any minor road defects or anything that can fall off a vehicle is a dangerous obstacle to bikers. Rocks, branches, and even animal carcasses are much more hazardous to motorcycles than cars.