Motorcyclist dies after colliding with tree in Arlington, FHP says

JSO blocks off lanes on Merrill Road at I-295 after a fatal motorcycle crash. (Copyright 2022 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A motorcyclist died Wednesday after colliding with a tree in the Arlington area, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash happened around 1:30 p.m.

According to troopers, the motorcycle was traveling north on the Southside Connector when the rider lost control, went across the grassy shoulder and traveled over the on-ramp from Merrill Road. That’s where, troopers said, the rider collided with a tree.

The rider, identified as a 26-year-old Jacksonville man, died at the scene, according to FHP.

Troopers urged drivers traveling in the area to take an alternate route, as traffic delays were expected. A Florida Department of Transportation camera also showed Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office cruisers blocking off lanes.