Kendrick, FL - A 22-year-old motorcyclist who crashed into a dump truck Tuesday morning is still in critical condition at Ocala Regional Medical Center.
The driver of the truck, a 57-year-old Summerfield man, was not injured.
According to Florida Highway Patrol troopers, the motorcyclist was heading north on Northwest Gainesville Road at about 6:40 a.m. on a 2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX 10 when the dump truck, coming from the opposite direction, failed to see the motorcycle and executed a left-hand turn. The pair collided, and the bike became pinned under the driver's side front wheel of the truck.
A blood sample was taken from the truck driver.
The crash is still under investigation.
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