Deltona motorcyclist struck and killed by Port Orange motorist outside New Smyrna Beach

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- A 59-year-old Deltona motorcyclist was killed Saturday night when he was struck by a motorist in a Ford Bronco that made a left turn from southbound Tomoka Farms Road onto Ludlow Boulevard in Samsula, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Earnest Alan Smith, who was wering a helmet on his 2007 Honda while riding north on Tomoka Farms Road, was ejected from his motorcycle in the collision in the collision and pronounced dead at the scene of the 9:40 p.m. crash.

Chadwick Dean Vogt, 40, of Port Orange, the driver of the 1990 Ford Bronco, was not injured. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

Here is a synopsis of what happened as described by Sgt. Kim Montes, spokewoman for the Florida Highway Patrol: Voght was traveling southbound on Tomoka Farms Road. Smith was traveling northbound on Tomoka Farms Road. Voght attempted to make a left turn to travel east on Ludlow Boulevard. The Bronco driver traveled into the direct path of the motorcyclist and as a result, violated the victim's right of way. The front of the Bronco struck the front of the Hona motorcycle, ejecting the rider onto the roadway surface where he died.

This crash remains under investigation, including whether alcohol was a factor, and charges are pending, Montes said.

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