Pinellas County deputies investigating fatal motorcycle crash

Investigators say speed and impairment may have played a role in a deadly motorcycle crash Tuesday evening in Seminole. 

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, 57-year-old James Bartlett, Jr. was traveling southbound on Seminole Boulevard near Baypines Boulevard at a high rate of speed when he approached a curve and collided with a guardrail. Deputies say Bartlett was thrown from the vehicle upon impact. 

He was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

The crash is under investigation.