Motorcycle crash results in death of Bradenton woman

A Bradenton woman who worked cleaning homes on Anna Maria Island and was much loved by her clients lost control of her Harley-Davidson motorcycle May 17 and lost her life in a Haines City crash, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Friends said the pink Harley was a recent purchase — a reward for herself for her hard work.

Georgene Rabren, 52, failed to negotiate the southbound off-ramp from U.S. 27 to U.S. 192 in Haines City. She was ejected from the motorcycle while trying to make the correction and get wheels on the road and the Harley landed on her, according to the sheriff’s office. She was wearing a helmet.

She was riding at about 5:30 p.m. with a group of friends when the crash occurred, and they stopped to provide aid and call for assistance.

She was taken to Heart of Florida Hospital where she died, officials said.

Rabren provided cleaning service to Anna Maria Island Accommodations for its rental properties, and also cleaned homes for several private customers. She also worked at Island Lumber in Holmes Beach.

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