Published: Jul 27, 2011 3:26 AM EDT
Updated: Jul 27, 2011 1:45 AM EDT

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. -- WINK News has learned the name of the man killed in a motorcycle crash Tuesday afternoon. Gerardo Perez, Jr., 23, of Lehigh Acres, died after his motorcycle collided with a UPS truck just before 3 p.m.

It was an emotionally charged atmosphere in Lehigh Acres Tuesday as a loved one of Perez was seen running towards the deadly crash. Lee County Sheriff's Office deputies stopped her before she could see the worst. Family friends said Perez worked at a local auto parts store and they'll remember him as a hard working man.

"He was a beautiful person. He was very good, he was very well loved by all his friends and family," said Ofelia Fumero, a family friend of Perez.

"He was a good kid, a very nice kid, very nice kid. He was a wonderful, wonderful kid," said Ivan Colon, a family friend of Perez.

Miguel Reyes heard the accident just after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

"All of a sudden I heard this, this boom. I went to see what was going on and I just saw the car from the UPS coming in," said Reyes.

Deputies said a UPS truck made a left turn from Gunnery Road onto 4th Street SW. The driver said he didn't see any oncoming traffic and that's when Perez's motorcycle hit the rear axle of the UPS truck. He died instantly.

"It was coming really strong and really fast and then all of a sudden I heard the boom and the explosion. The motorcycle was in flames," said Reyes.

Family members told WINK News Perez was riding with his brother and another friend. Deputies said speed appears to be a factor but they're still investigating.