Motorcyclist Dies in Late-Night Crash with Pickup in Marion County
State troopers working within Marion County were among the first to respond to reports of a fatal auto accident involving a motorcycle along County Road 314. At the time of this writing, the reports from the Florida Highway Patrol remain our primary source of information on this crash, and these reports are expected to be updated as additional information is found and tested for veracity.
The preliminary reports stated it was close to 11:30 p.m. on the night of Saturday, April 10th, when a 50-year-old individual was behind the wheel of their Ford pickup truck and traveling down the northern lanes of Northeast 235th Avenue within Marion County. The area where they were driving lies close to the intersection of Northeast 235th Ave and County Road 314, and when the pickup truck reached this intersection, the driver turned left off of Northeast 235th Ave and onto the westbound lanes of County Road 314. At the same time as the pickup was turning onto the western lanes of County Road 314, a motorcycle being driven by a 40-year-old individual from Salt Springs was traveling down the eastern lanes of County Road 314.
The initial reports into the motorcycle accident declined from naming either of the people involved directly responsible for the crash, but the reports did indicate that it was as the pickup truck was attempting to turn off of Northeast 235th Ave and onto County Road 314 that the motorcyclist also tried passing through the intersection. The investigation is looking into which of the motorists had the right-of-way at the time of the incident, but the information will do little to mitigate the force of the collision between the motorcycle and the pickup truck. It was as the pickup was turning left that the motorcycle also tried passing through the intersection, resulting in the front of the bike striking the left driver’s side of the pickup.
The motorcyclist was violently thrown from the vehicle and onto the roadway, resulting in numerous injuries, some of them fatal. By the time the emergency response crews reached the area, there was nothing they could do for the 40-year-old biker and they were pronounced dead at the scene.
The 50-year-old driving the pickup truck was not injured in the crash.
James O. Cunningham
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