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Man killed when his motorcycle was hit by garbage truck

February 28, 2018

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Police say a Florida man was killed when a county Waste and Recycling truck rear-ended his motorcycle.

Lakeland police spokesman Sgt. Gary Gross tells news outlets that Michael L. Dimezza was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The 53-year-old was rear-ended by the Polk County Waste and Recycling truck Tuesday.

Police say Dimezza stopped his motorcycle for a traffic light at an intersection. The garbage truck struck the back of the motorcycle, causing Dimezza’s ejection. Dimezza was not wearing a helmet.

The driver of the garbage truck wasn’t injured, and no charges have been filed Tuesday. That person doesn’t work for the county, but for FCC Environmental Services.

FCC’s Central Florida regional manager Charles Merkley says the company is conducting an internal investigation of the accident.

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