31-year-old Riverview man has been arrested on a charge that he was drunk when his Pontiac Grand Prix struck and killed a motorcyclist in July

Robert Cooper II, of 10403 Hallmark Blvd., was charged with driving under the influence in the death of Phillip L. Newcomb, 41, of St. Petersburg. Cooper was arrested Monday morning.

Cooper was driving west on 54th Avenue North, east of 79th Street North, about 11:20 p.m. July 4 and went over the center concrete median, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The Grand Prix then struck a sign post and continued into the eastbound lane into Newcomb’s path, the patrol said. Newcomb’s 2007 Yamaha motorcycle hit the front of the Grand Prix, and Newcomb, who was not wearing a helmet, was killed.

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