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Motorcyclist dies in crash

By Merab-Michal Favorite, Islander Reporter

A Bradenton man arrested in February after leading law enforcement officers on a two-county chase that ended in Anna Maria Island died in a motorcycle crash May 31.

Brian Casey, 31, was pronounced dead at the scene after colliding with an SUV at 75th Street West and 29th Avenue West in Bradenton, according to the Florida Highway Patrol report.

Casey was traveling at a high rate of speed on his Suzuki GSX R750 motorcycle around 5:30 p.m. when he ran the red light at the intersection, causing him to be hit by a Toyota Rav 4, the report said.

The 70-year-old woman driving the SUV was not injured, the report said.

Casey was involved in another crash Feb. 20 that ended a high-speed pursuit from south Manatee County to Anna Maria Island.

Casey allegedly fled an MSCO deputy going south into Sarasota County and then headed west to Longboat Key.

Casey’s speed was recorded at 120 mph on the long straightaway of Gulf of Mexico Drive on the key.

The report said Casey crashed his motorcycle near Coconut Avenue and Los Cedros Drive in Anna Maria and was chased by a Bradenton Beach police officer. During the chase, Casey jumped into a canal but he was eventually arrested and booked in Manatee County jail.

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