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Motorcyclists hurt in crash with car on I-75 in Sun City Center


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A motorist changing lanes lost control of her vehicle Friday morning on Interstate 75 in Sun City Center, leading to collisions involving three motorcyclists, troopers said.

Amani Z. Shehadah, 19, of North Port, was driving a 2009 Nissan Sentra north on I-75 in the outside lane, approaching College Avenue, just after 8 a.m.,troopers said.

Three Cape Coral men were operating Harley-Davidson motorcycles, one behind the other, in the northbound center lane, troopers said.

Shehadah attempted to change into the center lane when she observed the motorcycles, troopers said. In an attempt to avoid a collision, she steered away from the motorcycles but overcorrected and lost control, troopers said.

As a result, troopers said, the Nissan struck Harley-Davidsons driven by Ronald Sirios, 63, and Luigi DiIorio, 60, and another ridden by Juan Garcia, 61, hit the rear of the Nissan.

The Nissan continued into the center grass median and struck the median guardrail. The motorcycles overturned and stopped in the center grass median.

The motorcyclists were taken to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton. Sirios and DiIorio sustained serious injuries and Garcia had a minor injury, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. Shehadah was not hurt, the report said.

Shehadah was ticketed for careless driving, the highway patrol said.

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