WB lanes of Courtney Campbell Causeway reopen after deadly crash

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A motorcyclist died in a early Friday morning crash that shut down the westbound lanes of the Courtney Campbell Causeway were for hours.

Tampa and Clearwater police said the crash occurred just west of Rocky Point Drive near the entrance to Ben T. Davis Beach. Traffic was being U-turned into the eastbound lanes. The crash impacted the morning rush hour.

Police identified the motorcyclist as 29-year-old Nathaniel Varnadore. They said he was riding a 2018 Suzuki and rear-ended a 2005 Honda Civic.