23-year-old Ocala motorcyclist killed in crash in Sumter County

An Ocala motorcyclist was killed late Tuesday night in Sumter County when his motorcycle collided with a trailer being pulled by a pickup.

Jonathan Manfred Klein, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at County Road 471 and County Road 721. He had been riding a 2016 Yamaha motorcycle traveling north on CR 471 at the time of the incident, a Florida Highway Patrol report states.

Klein was traveling behind a 2004 Ford pickup driven by 72-year-old William Everett Desear, of Lake Placid in Highlands County. He apparently overtook Desear’s vehicle and slammed into the trailer he was pulling. Upon impact, Klein’s motorcycle overturned and he was ejected, the FHP report says.

Desear came to a controlled stop and wasn’t injured. It’s unclear if alcohol was involved in the crash, which remains under investigation. And charges are pending, the FHP report says.