Spring Lake Fla. - Michael and Tracy Arnold loved to zoom around the rural roads and paths of southeastern Hernando County with horsepower at the their fingertips.
On Thursday night, authorities say, the couple died together in a violent collision between her dirt bike and his all-terrain vehicle on a two-lane road, a short distance from their home.
The crash happened about 9:35 p.m. on Hayman Road east of Deepwell Drive, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Tracy Arnold, 40, was riding her YZ85 Yamaha dirt bike in one direction while Michael Arnold, 36, was riding a Yamaha Banshee ATV the opposite way, according to an FHP incident report. The vehicles collided — nearly head-on — and both riders were thrown from their vehicles. Both died at the scene.
Neither was wearing a helmet... Toxicology tests were pending.
The Arnolds married in 2006, a relationship that started "perfectly," said Tracy's older brother, Steve Gorin. But the marriage recently had become tumultuous, and they were likely headed for divorce...
There were also indications the couple had argued before the crash. Text messages Tracy sent to a family member indicated Michael left the house without her, Gorin said. Family members think Tracy got on the Yamaha at some point and headed west on Hayman Road, perhaps to look for him.
The crash happened on a straight stretch of road about a quarter-mile west of their Florida-style ranch home. The Banshee had a headlight; the Yamaha did not, Gorin said.
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