A Howey-in-the-Hills man died Sunday after losing control of a motorcycle he was driving on a curved road in Volusia County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The 50-year-old Howey-in-the-Hills resident was pronounced dead after a crash that involved three motorcyclists around 10:40 a.m. Sunday.
FHP believes the man was joined by two other bikers all driving Harley-Davidson motorcycles and traveling eastbound on Maytown Road near Maytown Spur Road in Volusia County.
As the three motorcyclists entered a curve, the deceased lost control of his bike and collided with the other men, according to the FHP.
All three men were ejected from their motorcycles.
Two of the men were not wearing helmets. The two surviving crash victims were taken to Halifax Medical Center. One was listed as having serious injuries and the other had minor injuries.
A spokeswoman for FHP said in a statement that the fatal crash remains under investigation, and that the crash was not alcohol-related.
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