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Motorcyclist killed

A traffic crash claimed the life of a Starke man Thursday morning.

Markus Lee Staten, 42, was pronounced dead at Shands, Starke after his motorcycle collided with a BMW near the intersection of Orange and Weldon Streets.

According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, Staten was riding a 1995 Suzuki eastbound on Weldon around 7:10 a.m.  A westbound 2011 BMW driven by Lisa Rowe-Lewis,47, of Starke attempted a left turn from Weldon onto Orange,  driving into the path of the motorcycle.  Staten hit the car and was ejected from the motorcycle.

Rowe-Lewis was not injured.  According to the FHP report, charges are pending.

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