Traffic Fatality - Vehicle vs. Motorcycle 5-12-19

Michael L. Haworth, Chief of Police
Pinellas Park Police Department
7700 59th Street N Pinellas Park, Florida 33781 

Contact: Sergeant Michael Lynch Public Information Officer
c- 727-214-7822 


Title: Traffic Fatality - Vehicle vs. Motorcycle Case Number: 2019-37162 

When: Sunday, May 12, 2019 at approximately 4:00 a.m. 

Where: 12300 block of U.S. Hwy 19 North Pinellas Park, FL 

Vehicle One: Motorcycle: 2006 Kawasaki DECEASED: Christopher Mathew Babcock- W/M- 8/29/1996- Resides at 1447 Sunny Park Rd Clearwater, FL. NOK has been notified. 

Vehicle Two: Kia: 2012 Kia Optima Kia Driver: Giana Weissman- W/F- 1/10/1070- Resides at 4508 S Brady Ave Tampa, FL. 

Vehicle Three: Mustang: 2011 Ford Mustang GT Mustang Driver: Kellen Keglar- W/M- 5/5/1999- Resides at 11049 Valencia Ave Seminole, FL. 

On 5/12/2019, at approximately 4:00 a.m., officers responded to the 12300 block of northbound U.S. Highway 19 in reference to a crash. The crash involved a motorcycle and two vehicles who were still on scene. The adult male motorcycle rider was pronounced deceased on scene and Traffic Homicide Investigators responded to investigate the crash. During the investigation, it appears the motorcycle was traveling at a high rate of speed and lost control causing the rider to be ejected. A passing motorist stopped and attempted to flag down traffic, however an unsuspecting Mustang traveling north struck the motorcycle rider. A second vehicle also traveled through the scene striking debris in the roadway just prior to the Mustang. All parties involved are cooperating with the investigation. A helmet was located at the scene, however it is unknown if it was worn at the time of the crash. At this time, there are no indications of any criminal acts related to the crash. The investigation continues. No further information is expected to be released. Previously Released Information: What: On 5/12/19, at approximately 0400 hours, officers from the Pinellas Park Police Department responded to the 12300 block of northbound U.S. Highway 19 in reference to a serious traffic crash. The crash involves a motorcycle and two vehicles. The investigation is currently active and more information will be released once it becomes available. All of northbound US 19 is currently closed and will remain closed for a few hours. 

Released by Sgt. Mike Lynch, PIO