PINELLAS PARK, Fla. - A man was killed just before midnight Thursday in a motorcycle crash near 78th Avenue North and 59th Street North in Pinellas Park.
According to the Pinellas Park police department, an officer in his patrol car saw a motorcycle approaching at a high rate of speed. The officer turned on his overhead lights and began a u-turn to pull the cyclist over.
The cyclist accelerated quickly, and the officer gave up the chase immediately. The Pinellas Park Police Department has a no-chase policy on motorcycles.
However, the cyclist went over train tracks and lost control, hitting a street sign and a parked car.
Richard Golden, 31, was pronounced dead on the scene.
The motorcycle Golden was riding, a 2002 Honda CBR 1000, was reported stolen on October 22.