Motorcycle driver, Michael S. Hicks, 26, of Sarasota was riding his motorcycle through the intersection of Swift Road and Bee Ridge Road when he ran a red light. He was going Northbound when he collided with a Dodge Dakota. The sport utility vehicle was driven by James McFarland, 33.
Hicks was transported to Blake Medical Center. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The driver of the SUV was not injured. However, his passenger was treated at Sarasota Memorial Hospital for minor injuries.
The accident occurred at around 3 pm and as of 5 pm the northbound lanes of Tuttle Avenue and the eastbound lanes of Bee Ridge Road were still closed due to the ongoing investigation.