Motorcyclist Killed During Head-On Crash in Lake County
Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol are currently investigating the death of a 72-year-old man after he was killed during a motorcycle accident with another motorist last Thursday along C.R. 42 in Lake County.
It’s been a busy weekend for authorities with the Florida Highway Patrol as they continue to look further into this fatal motorcycle accident. Preliminary details surrounding the collision indicate that it was approximately 1:50 p.m. on March 16, 2023, when a 72-year-old man from Daytona Beach was driving a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in the eastbound direction of County Road 42. Simultaneously, a 23-year-old man from Paisley was driving a 2017 Hyundai Veloster from the opposite direction of the same road.
It was as the sedan-style sports car and the Harley-Davidson approached the intersection of County Road 42 and West Fourth Street that something caused the motorcycle’s driver to veer into the westbound lane unexpectedly. This maneuver positioned the motorcyclist in the direct path of the oncoming Hyundai Veloster. Neither driver was able to avoid the impending accident and the two vehicles were involved in a head-on collision.
After the initial auto accident occurred, the force from the impact sent the Hyundai Veloster off of the roadway where it crashed into a cluster of trees lining the street.
Lake County emergency response teams and authorities with the Florida Highway Patrol were dispatched to the scene of the accident and sadly determined that the 72-year-old Daytona Beach man had already passed away. The 23-year-old Paisley man was medevaced to a nearby hospital in serious, but stable condition.
As the weather here in Florida continues to get warmer and more favorable to pedestrians, bike riders, and motorcyclists alike, the number of collisions involving fatalities sadly rises as well. Poorly maintained roads, severe weather, or a defect with the motorcycle itself could have contributed to this specific crash. It is also possible that the 72-year-old driver suffered some sort of medical episode shortly before the collision.
The Florida Highway Patrol is expected to release additional information at the conclusion of this tragic case.
Since 1977, Lake County personal injury lawyer James O. Cunningham has been fighting for the rights of victims who have been killed in motorcycle accidents. To schedule a free 30-minute case evaluation, please contact us today at 877-FL-INJURY.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.