Motorcycle Crash

A Sarasota man has died after a motorcycle wreck in Jacksonville this week.

The 40-year-old was hospitalized after the wreck on New Berlin Road in Jacksonville on Tuesday.

The man reportedly lost control of his Kawasaki, while traveling north around 2:15 p.m. He was wearing a helmet say police and there were no other vehicles involved in the crash. The man hit a guard rail and was thrown from the bike. He was pronounced dead at the hospital Thursday night.

In another motorcycle accident in Jacksonville a motorcycle and car collided Thursday night. A 59-year old man was on his Harley when it collided with a Honda Civic at New Kings Road and I-295. Police report the vehicle turned in front of the motorcycle as it was attempting to enter I-295. The rider was thrown from the motorcycle. He was not wearing his helmet. He is listed in critical condition at Shands. The driver and passenger in the Civic were wearing their seat belts and were not injured.

So often motorists say they simply do not see motorcycles, particularly if they are turning or changing lanes. Oftentimes the motorcyclist doesn’t realize they are not seen until it is too late to take evasive action.

The Florida Highway Patrol encourages riders to wear protective clothing in bright colors so they can better be seen. It was all part of the “Ride Proud, Dress Loud” campaign.

Helmets are optional for adults, but it goes without saying they save lives. It’s important that all motorists learn to share the road with motorcyclists since more than two-thirds of fatal motorcycle crashes involve a bike and another vehicle.