Motorcyclist killed in rear-end crash in Leesburg

Police say motorcyclist hit back of vehicle that made U-turn

Police lights at a crime scene. (WDIV)

LEESBURG, Fla. – A motorcyclist was killed in a rear-end crash on U.S. 441 late Thursday in Leesburg, according to police.

The Leesburg Police Department said the crash happened southbound around 10:30 p.m. when the motorcyclist, identified as 30-year-old James Freeze, struck the back of a vehicle that made a U-turn.

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Police said Freeze was pronounced dead at the scene. Two southbound travel lanes were closed for about four hours, according to the department.

An investigation is ongoing, but police said speed appears to be a factor.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the department at 352-787-2121.

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