Motorcyclist involved in fatal crash

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
April 13, 2019

LAKE CITY, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Lake City Police Department is investigating a fatal crash involving a motorcycle.

The crash happened on Southeast Baya Drive and Southeast Waldron Terrace. Witnesses say Michael Rentsch was driving east on Baya Drive when he veered out of the lane into oncoming traffic. The motorcycle continued onto the sidewalk, where it crashed.

Rentsch was declared dead on the scene.

Lake City Police Chief Dr. Aragatha Gilmore expressed her sympathies, but wanted to stress the importance of wearing a helmet. She said, "While Florida does not require motorcycle riders over 21 years old to wear a helmet, our experience has shown that even minor crashes can be fatal to riders who choose not to.”

Rentsch wasn't wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Investigators are still awaiting results from an autopsy report.

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