A tragic motorcycle accident has claimed the life of Teal Marie Starr (her photo above). Teal Starr was riding on the back of a Yamaha motorcycle on I-295 near Baymeadows Road when she fell off and was hit by a Nissan Altima. The accident occurred on Saturday just after 11 p.m. The driver of the motorcycle was not injured. Teal Marie Starr was only 22 years old. She was transported to the hospital where she died from injuries sustained in the accident. Teal Starr and the driver of the motorcycle were wearing helmets. Her mother Susan Starr, has requested prayer.
Jacksonville's Northside was the scene of a serious motorcycle accident tragically a Good Samaritan rendering aide to the motorcyclist was struck by a car as he attempted to return to his vehicle. The motorcyclist was seriously injured in the initial crash on New Kings Road when he slowed down to turn into a gas station he was struck from behind by a work truck. The truck driver was cited for careless driving. A 71 year old man parked his vehicle in the median and crossed the street to help the injured motorcyclist. He stayed on the scene until Jacksonville Rescue arrived as he crossed the street to return to his vehicle he was struck by a Toyota Camry. The pedestrian who stopped to help suffered life threatening injures. He was transported to UF Health. The motorcyclist was also transported to UF Health with life-threatening injuries. Helping others is the right thing to do so sad to see someone injured while trying to render aide. Florida State law requires drivers to reduce speed to 20 mph less than the posted speed limit and, if safe to do so, vacate the lane closest to stationary emergency vehicles, including towing and recovery vehicles, when traveling in the same direction. If such movement cannot be safely accomplished, the driver shall reduce speed.
A motorcycle accident in Jacksonville's San Jose area Wednesday evening has left the motorcyclist with life threatening injuries. The motorcycle accident involved a pick-up truck at the intersection of St Augustine Road and Old Kings Road South. The driver of the truck was not injured. Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating the accident.
Jacksonville and Northeast Florida motorcycle accidents are on the increase in May as we roll into "Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month" an annual campaign by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Joseph Canady of Orange Park was hit by a car on May 2, while riding his motorcycle, when a vehicle attempted to turn into the Walmart parking lot on Blanding Blvd. The driver of the car was not injured. Canady a 36 year old father of five was killed. In a separate accident on May 7th Derick Green was riding his motorcycle in the Ortega area when a vehicle made a left hand turn failing to yield to Green's motorcycle. Derick Green was only 39 years old. He died in the crash. On the same day another motorcyclist Colby Harrison was killed on Blanding Blvd. A car turned into the Harrison's path the car reported to be turning with the green arrow. May 10th a motorcycle crash in Flagler County on U.S. 1 claimed the life of 59 year old Thomas Dolan. Dolan from all accounts was following the rules of safety riding in his own lane and wearing his helmet when Peggy Puelo pulled out of a lounge and crossed the northbound lanes of U.S. 1 violating Dolan's right of way. The front of Dolan's motorcycle was struck by the Puelo's Kia. Dolan died at the scene. The youngest in this tragic list Stephanie Robinson was only 22 years old when she died in a motorcycle crash when she apparently lost control on the Buckman Bridge. According to family members Robinson was an experienced rider. The Florida Highway patrol is investigating in an attempt to determine the cause of the crash. Robinson was friends with Joseph Powell another motorcyclist that lost his life on Mother's Day just 2 days before Robinson's accident. No doubt the drivers of the cars in these accidents are grieving over that day in May when a motorcyclist died. While most of the drivers escaped without a scratch no doubt they probably play the day over in their mind they may wish they were driving slower that day, paying more attention or maybe just somewhere else at the moment the crash occurred. It is a tragedy for everyone involved. The motorcyclist that died in the crash can't replay that day. Millstone days for the loved ones and friends of the motorcyclist who lost their lives will never be the same Father's Day, Anniversaries, Birthdays ... Motorcyclists have all the same rights and privileges as any motor vehicle driver on the roadway. During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in May - and during the rest of the year - drivers of all other vehicles and all road users are reminded to safely "share the road" with motorcyclists, and to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe.
A motorcycle accident has left a 46 year old motorcyclist in critical condition. According to the Florida Highway Patrol the motorcyclist was traveling west on St Johns Avenue in Putnam County when he was hit from behind by a Jeep at the intersection of Oliver Street. The Jeep was driven by Sara Louise Sullivan. In recent years reports from The Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles show a dramatic increase in the number of motorcycles on our roadways. "Look Twice Save a Life" and "Share the Road" have been two successful motorcycle awareness campaigns that have helped to decrease the number of accidents in Florida in recent years. "Look Twice Save a Life" motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians are all around us "Share the Road." Motorcyclist are more likley to suffer serious injuries when hit by a motor vehicle. May has been chosen as motorcycle awareness month publicized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and other motorcycle groups.