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FHP still looking for Ford pickup from I-4 crash that killed Kissimmee man

Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 10:53 am

Florida Highway Patrol troopers are still looking for a grey Ford pickup that was involved in the death of a Kissimmee motorcyclist in a crash that shut down the eastbound lanes of Interstate 4 in Osceola County Tuesday morning.

Just after 7 a.m., a vehicle in front of the motorcyclist, 47-year-old Ernie Centeno of Kissimmee, struck a piece of tire tread in the roadway which flew up and knocked him off his 2006 Yamaha motorcycle at mile marker 67 near the Osceola Parkway interchange, Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson Kim Montes said.

While the bike continued riderless on for another half-mile, a large grey pickup truck, described as either a Ford F-250 or F-350 model, struck the motorcyclist in the road and continued on, leaving behind a body and a very gruesome scene.

“Because of the gruesomeness of the debris we couldn’t even open one lane until we could get the fire department to wash down the scene,” Montes said.

Troopers are still looking for that Ford pickup, which continued eastbound on I-4, as well as any other vehicles that were involved in the accident.

The interstate was closed from Osceola Parkway to State Road 535 until 10:50 a.m. Motorists were able to exit at U.S. 192, but the backup extended to the ChampionsGate exit. Westbound lanes remained open.