Former Polk Co. football player killed in Plant City dirt bike crash

HCSO: Dirt bike was reported stolen

PLANT CITY, Fla. - Former Polk County football standout Tyease Thompson was killed after apparently failing to negotiate a curve at high speed on a stolen dirt bike Friday night.

According to Hillsborough County Sheriff's spokesperson Larry McKinnon, Thompson, 27, was driving a 2008 Honda dirt bike on Joe King Road, near Nesmith Road, just before 7 p.m., when he lost control and crashed into a guardrail.

Thompson died at the scene.

"The motorcycle Thompson was operating had been previously reported stolen in Hillsborough County," McKinnon said. "It was returned to the rightful owner."

Thompson was a well-known running back and track athlete who spent time in the Fort Meade and George Jenkins programs.

In college, Thompson played the 2004 season for Iowa State, predominately as a kick returner.

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