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Pinellas Park Police Department

Media Release

Report Number: 2010-14859

June 11th, 2010

Fatality Crash Involving a Motorcycle

At approximately 6:15 a.m., Pinellas Park Police and Fire Rescue personnel responded to a vehicle crash involving a motorcycle at the intersection of US 19 and Gateway Center Blvd.

A preliminary investigation has determined that two motorcycles were travelling at a high rate of speed northbound on US 19. A 2001 Chrysler 2 door vehicle operated by Sharon Cibrone, age 57 of Pinellas Park was southbound on US 19 when she attempted to make a left turn onto eastbound Gateway Center Blvd. Her vehicle was struck by one of the northbound motorcycles. The motorcycle, a 2008 Kawasaki was operated by Thomas Hofbauer, age 37, of Clearwater. Mr. Hofbauer is not believed to have been wearing a helmet.

Hofbauer was transported to Bayfront Medical Center and was pronounced deceased at 8:25 a.m. Cibrone was also injured and was transported to a local hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

Northbound lanes of US 19 were closed for several hours as officers investigated the crash. The roadway reopened shortly after 10:00 a.m. this morning.

This crash is still under investigation. Next of kin has been notified. Speed appears to be a contributing factor in this crash.

The second motorcycle mentioned in our earlier release was not involved in the crash itself and left the scene without stopping.

Investigators would like to speak with the driver of this motorcycle but their identity is not known at this time. Any individuals with information regarding the identity of this person or any other information regarding this crash are asked to contact the Pinellas Park Police Department.

Lead Investigator: Ofc. M. Luginbill
Phone Number: 727-541-0758