WIMAUMA, Florida — There is no later for this gator.
A motorcycle driver was seriously injured when he hit an alligator crossing a rural Florida road, throwing him from his bike.
Calun Ethan Nelson, 27, was riding his bike south of Tampa early Friday morning and didn’t see the 10-foot-nine-inch-long gator crossing the road in front of him until it was too late, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Nelson, who was wearing a helmet, was airlifted to a hospital in Tampa where he was listed in serious condition. He is expected to live.
A trapper was brought in to retrieve the alligator, but the animal died later in the day.
Earlier in the week, a driver narrowly avoided serious injury when she hit an alligator on the road near Sarasota, causing her car to flip several times, cops said.
Animal experts say a lack of rain in Florida has caused alligators to have to search farther for water, which may may explain why they have been turning up on roads more frequently.