Motorcyclist who swerved to avoid animal died in fatal Pinellas County crash

PINELLAS COUNTY - A 24-year-old Largo man trying to avoid an animal in the road lost his life in a fatal motorcycle crash Tuesday night.

The incident happened at Belleair Road and St. Paul Drive in Pinellas County just before 9:15 p.m.

Keith Mastronardo was travelling on his motorcycle east on Bellair Road, west of St. Paul Drive.

Jerome Mullarkey, 77 of Clearwater, was driving west on Bellair Road when Mastronardo swerved to avoid an unknown type of animal in the road.

Mastronardo lost control of his motorcycle and was ejected from the vehicle.

He came to rest in the roadway in the path of Mullarkey and Mullarkey hit him.

Mastronardo was taken to Largo Medical Center for medical care, but later died due to his injuries.

Mullarkey was not injured.

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