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Motorcyclist dies after hitting armadillo

Troopers say the crash happened Thursday night when the animal ran into the road.
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ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. — Florida Highway Patrol troopers say an armadillo caused a deadly crash Thursday night in Pasco County.

It happened around 10:20 p.m. at Eiland Boulevard near Handcart Road in Zephyrhills.

Troopers say a 45-year-old man was riding his motorcycle northbound on Eiland Boulevard when an armadillo crossed into his path. The driver hit the animal causing him to lose control of his motorcycle, overturn and get thrown from the bike, according to the FHP release. 

The man died at the scene of the crash.

FHP troopers are working to learn more and ask witnesses or anyone with information regarding this crash to contact them by calling *347 (FHP).

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says armadillos are a native Florida species that are most active at night and have very poor eyesight. They are found throughout the state and have a year-round hunting and trapping season.

You can learn more about living with armadillos in Florida on the FWC website.