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Vehicle: 2014 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle
28704 Walker Drive
Vehicle: 2017 Toyota Corolla
19006 Fishermans Bend Drive
On 12/17/17 at approximately 9:05 a.m., Erica Kristen Rodriguez was the helmeted operator of a 2014 Kawasaki Ninja Motorcycle. She was eastbound on Lutz Lake Fern Road, just west of Sun Lake Boulevard. Michel M. Ghobrial was operating a 2017 Toyota Corolla 4-door, and was also eastbound on Lutz Lake Fern Road, an unknown distance ahead of Rodriguez in traffic. Rodriguez was riding with a small group of motorcycle riders. Ghobrial was driving his family to church, but they had forgotten something at their home. According to witnesses, Ghobrial activated his left turn signal, slowed down, and was turning into a nearby driveway. Rodriguez had entered the westbound lane while still traveling eastbound, and was attempting to pass traffic across a double yellow line, in a no passing zone. Rodriguez struck the driver side of the Toyota and suffered critical injuries. Rodriguez was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, where she was pronounced deceased upon arrival. All the occupants of Toyota were restrained and uninjured. Next of kin has been notified.