James M. Shortt III, 35, killed in motorcycle crash at State Road 54 and Starkey Boulevard in New Port Richey, Florida

Modified Date: 
Sun, 11/19/2017 - 10:52am
Accident Date: 
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Pasco Crash Kills Motorcyclist

A 2016 Ford Focus driven by Kathryn L. Branca, 63, of New Port Richey, was headed east in the left turn lane of SR 54. Mr. Shortt was riding a 2002 Honda VT750 west on SR 54. The Focus turned left into the path of the motorcycle, which hit the car. 

People Involved: 
James M. Shortt III
Kathryn L. Branca


I worked with him, and he was wearing a helmet. The cops don't know what they are talking about, the helmet probably came off when he was hit by this old lady

I worked with him too, he wears a helmet, spikes going down the middle and stickers all over it. His neeest one was The Stockyard!

Thank you guys! I keep hoping I can find a report that is accurate. Police have still not "notified" my mother or me and they won't return our messages so that we can get the insurance info we need from the woman to cover the costs of everything. It's just not right! 

I was there, on the stop line on Starkey planning to turn left onto 54 when it happened. 100% he was wearing a helmet. I left when the group moved him from the intersection to the corner. I never saw his face. 

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