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22-Year-Old Motorcyclist Killed During High-Speed Collision in Brevard County

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on October 24, 2020

On October 22nd, 2020, Brevard County Fire Rescue teams and officers with the Florida Highway Patrol responded to a fatal motorcycle accident which killed one biker and severely injured another. Preliminary reports from the incident have determined that both motorcyclists were driving erratically at an incredibly high rate of speed before crashing into the side of an oncoming vehicle near Catalina Isle Drive and Courtenay Parkway in Merritt Island.

It was approximately 4 p.m. this past Thursday afternoon when authorities received multiple 9-1-1 calls regarding a multi-vehicle accident that had occurred at the intersection of Courtenay Parkway and Catalina Isle Drive in the city of Merritt Island. According to investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) and other law enforcement personnel who were the first to arrive at the scene, two motorcyclists were speeding and weaving in and out of traffic along the northbound lane of Courtenay Parkway when a 61-year-old Titusville woman was approaching the intersection in question from the opposite direction. As she attempted to make a left turn across traffic into a shopping plaza, both bikers crashed into the right-hand side of her sedan.

First responders with the Brevard County Fire Rescue quickly assessed the situation and determined that one of the motorcyclists, a 22-year-old Jacksonville resident, had already succumbed to the severe injuries he sustained in the collision with the car. The other injured biker was transported by ambulance to a local hospital in serious condition with life-threatening injuries. The 61-year-old driver of the sedan suffered minor injuries and she was taken to a local hospital for additional medical treatment. Both motorcycle riders were wearing their helmets at the time of the deadly accident.

Although further investigations by the FHP will determine who exactly was at fault for this fatal motorcycle accident, it is highly unlikely that the law will be on the side of the young bikers due to their dangerous driving behaviors leading up to the crash. It is entirely possible, however, that the driver of the sedan misread a traffic signal and made an illegal turn. Regardless of the legal outcome, it is important to remember that a young man lost his life in this tragic, yet completely avoidable accident.


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