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Dunnellon motorcyclist killed after slamming into pickup at busy Ocala intersection

A Dunnellon motorcyclist was killed Tuesday morning when he crashed into a pickup truck that was stopped in a busy Ocala intersection.

Traffic investigators with the Ocala Police Department reconstructed an accident Tuesday morning at the intersection of N.E. 8th Avenue and E. State Road 40 that claimed the life of 37-year-old motorcyclist Ray Leverne Kessinger.
Ray Leverne Kessinger

The pickup had been traveling south on N.E. 8th Avenue and had stopped in the left turn lane at E. State Road 40. The driver believed the light was green after seeing the vehicle to the right of the truck move, an Ocala Police report states.

The pickup truck driver then realized the light was red and stopped in the oncoming path of a motorcycle being driven by 37-year-old Ray Leverne Kessinger, the report says. Witnesses reported that Kessinger locked up his brakes, skidded and then laid the motorcycle over on its side before striking the pickup.

Kessinger, who was wearing a helmet, sustained critical injuries and was transported to an area hospital, where he later died, the report says.

Traffic specialists from the Ocala Police Department spent Tuesday morning interviewing witnesses and reconstructing the crash. A further investigation will be completed detailing the incident and investigators will determine if any criminal citations or charges will be issued, the report says.