Motorcyclist Ejected From Bike During Fatal Polk County Crash
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is currently in the process of investigating the death of a 40-year-old motorcyclist after he was fatally injured Wednesday night during an accident with another vehicle along Lake Marion Creek Road near Haines City.
According to preliminary accident reports from officers with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, it was almost 7:30 p.m. on August 9, 2023, when a 40-year-old man from Davenport was driving a white Harley-Davidson motorcycle in the southbound direction of Lake Marion Creek Road. Witness statements retrieved by local authorities state that the motorcyclist was allegedly travelling at a high rate of speed when he approached a sharp turn in the road, lost control of the motorcycle, and skidded into the northbound lanes of the street. The driver of the motorcycle was ejected from the bike when the collision occurred and was thrown underneath an oncoming 2021 Nissan Altima being driven by 34-year-old Poinciana resident Sasha Ortega.
The 40-year-old victim of the motorcycle accident was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and was immediately transported to the closest hospital by Polk County emergency response teams. He was unable to survive his life-threatening injuries and passed away shortly upon arrival. His name has not been released to the public.
The 34-year-old driver of the Nissan Altima was uninjured.
This specific section of Lake Marion Creek Road was closed for almost three hours while clean-up services removed crash debris and traffic homicide investigators gathered evidence from the deadly collision.
Although this appears to be an “open and close” case, auto accidents, especially those involving motorcycles, can have underlying alternative causes, including:
- A mechanical malfunction with the motorcycle itself.
- The driver may have suffered a medical episode before the collision.
- Defective roadway issues, like large potholes and missing safety signage.
- Dangerous weather conditions.
- …and many more.
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