Two Motorcyclists Die in New Smyrna Beach Crash
A head-on collision within Volusia County resulted in the death of two people and the serious injury of a third. According to reports from the Florida Highway Patrol, the incident was first reported sometime on the night of Tuesday, October 29th. It is not entirely clear at what time during the night the crash took place, but we know that it involved vehicles traveling along State Road 415, close to La Starza Drive, within the city of New Smyrna Beach.
A 20-year-old woman from Edgewater was behind the wheel of a Honda and traveling down the northern lanes of State Road 415 when she began to draw near to the rear of a pickup truck. The 20-year-old decided to try and pass the pickup, pulling out of her lane in an area where passing was legal, and attempting to drive by the slower moving truck.
At the same time, two motorcyclists were driving down the southern lanes of State Road 415. It is not clear exactly why the driver of the Honda failed to notice the two motorcyclists, but it appears that as she was passing the pickup truck she entered the southern lanes at exactly the place where the two motorcyclists were driving. It is not clear if the drivers of the motorcycles saw the Honda, but the following moments indicated that none of the drivers of the three vehicles had enough time to register what was about to happen in order to try and avoid the collision.
The Honda crashed head-on into both of the motorcycles, flinging their riders from their vehicles. One of the motorcyclists was forced into the path of the pickup truck, causing them to be struck once again by another vehicle.
Emergency response crews with the Florida Highway Patrol rushed to the area in order to try and assist the individuals injured in the incident. When they reached the scene, they found that both of the motorcyclists had sustained severe injuries. Both of the bikers were declared dead at the scene of the crash. The driver of the Honda was also badly injured in the accident, although they were able to be rushed to Halifax Medical Center. It is not known if they continue to be interned at the hospital.
Charges are currently pending against the driver of the Honda. The incident remains under investigation.
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.