The motorcyclist who was killed in a fiery crash with a semi-truck and another vehicle in Ocala last month has been identified by the Florida Highway Patrol.
Luis Enrique Maldonado, 53, of Interlachen, died on Jan. 15 when his Harley-Davidson V-Rod motorcycle couldn’t stop and slammed into the left side of a 2020 Freightliner semi-truck that was pulling out of a driveway in the 5400 block of U.S. Hwy. 441 and blocking the southbound lanes. The tractor-trailer, which was being driven by 40-year-old Raymond Cintron, of Ocala, was also hit by a 1998 Honda Civic driven by 19-year-old Austin James Ray, also of Ocala.
The cab of the semi quickly burst into flames, with a heavy cloud of dark smoke visible for several miles. Traffic heading in both directions on U.S. Hwy. 441 near NW 56th Street came to a complete standstill and many motorists got out of their vehicles to photograph the melee, which was located just down the street from War Horse Harley-Davidson.