Published: Dec 14, 2011 7:03 PM EST
Updated: Dec 14, 2011 11:42 PM EST

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash in Port Charlotte. The late night wreck happened along Kings Highway just before midnight.    

The skid marks on the road are visible where two motorcyclists lost control last night. It's at least 100 feet from where the marks start to where the riders finally came to rest.    

According to the F.H.P.  report, two motorcycles, operated by 26-year-old Justin Braswell and 27-year-old Christopher Shultz, were heading northbound on Kings Highway, approaching the intersection with Elmira Blvd.

Schultz was in front of Braswell, when for unknown reasons, Schultz slowed down. Braswell didn't have a chance to decrease his speed before colliding with Schultz's motorcycle. Braswell was ejected from the bike and crashed in to the guardrail on the east side of the road. Schultz' bike overturned and he, too, flew off the motorcycle.

Braswell was a father of three young boys. Family members say he was a great dad.    

The other victim, Schultz, was transported to Lee Memorial with serious injuries. He has since been discharged. Many well wishes and messages of condolences were found on his Facebook page.

F.H.P. continues to investigate. It has not been determined whether speed or alcohol played a role in this crash. Both men were wearing helmets.