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May 2017 Archives

Jacksonville Memorial Day Celebrations in our military town remind us to pause and reflect.  Memorial Day is a day set aside to commemorate the brave hearts who laid down their lives for our nation. To honor their legacy, take time to pause and reflect on the true meaning of Memorial Day. We have links to Memorial Day activities a time to reflect and to honor our fallen soldiers, enjoy a little music, have fun in a Kids Zone and end the day with Fireworks. 

Jacksonville Motorcycle Accident -Semi- Truck Leaves the Scene

On Wednesday May 10th approximately 230 PM, Dillon Rybarczyk was in a motorcycle accident entering 295 North from Hwy 17 in Orange Park / Jacksonville FL. He was struck from behind by what the witnesses described as a red semi- tractor trailer with a white trailer, and was pushed into the SUV in front of him. He was then ejected into the lanes to the left. Witnesses said the semi then drove around him while lying in the lane and left the scene. FHP has collected information from the witnesses pertaining to the trucking company's name, and is currently conducting an investigation. If anyone has any information pertaining to this accident please message me or contact the Florida Highway Patrol. Dillon has suffered injuries from the accident and is recovering. Please feel free to share or repost, the more people that see this the better chance we have of finding the driver. Thank you to all who stopped to help my son, we are eternally grateful. Finally, a side note to the driver of the truck who valued his or her driver's license more than my son's life. You WILL be found. Jim Rybarczk, the father of Dillion Rybarczyk has requested help in finding the tractor-trailer driver that left the scene. Please share this post and if you have any information contact the Florida Highway Patrol.

Jacksonville Motorcycle Accident -Semi- Truck Leaves the Scene

On Wednesday May 10th approximately 230 PM, Dillon Rybarczyk was in a motorcycle accident entering 295 North from Hwy 17 in Orange Park / Jacksonville FL. He was struck from behind by what the witnesses described as a red semi- tractor trailer with a white trailer, and was pushed into the SUV in front of him. He was then ejected into the lanes to the left. Witnesses said the semi then drove around him while lying in the lane and left the scene. FHP has collected information from the witnesses pertaining to the trucking company's name, and is currently conducting an investigation. If anyone has any information pertaining to this accident please message me or contact the Florida Highway Patrol. Dillon has suffered injuries from the accident and is recovering. Please feel free to share or repost, the more people that see this the better chance we have of finding the driver. Thank you to all who stopped to help my son, we are eternally grateful. Finally, a side note to the driver of the truck who valued his or her driver's license more than my son's life. You WILL be found. Jim Rybarczk, the father of Dillion Rybarczyk has requested help in finding the tractor-trailer driver that left the scene. Please share this post and if you have any information contact the Florida Highway Patrol.

Another Fatal Motorcycle Accident in Jacksonville

A fatal motorcyle accident has claimed the life of a motorcyclist Thursday morning. The accident occurred early this morning around 6 a.m. on Merrill Road and Wollery Drive. The motorcycle driver was travelling east on Merrill Road when a Honda Accord made a turn from Wollery Drive on Merrill Road. The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. The motorcyclist name has not been released. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is attempting to locate the family of the victim. Sadly another motorcyclist has died in Jacksonville. The last week of April Higinio Gonzalez died in Jacksonville when a car turned into his motorcycle. The circumstances are one of the most common scenes in motorcycle fatalities. May is Motorcycle Awareness month. "Look Twice Save a Life", "Share the Road" the campaigns are designed to bring attention to the fact that motorcycles are everywhere

Jacksonville-Fatal Motorcycle Accident

Jacksonville was the scene of a fatal motorcycle accident the last week of April when 71 year old Higinio Gonzalez was thrown from his motorcycle when a car crash into his motorcycle. Higinio Gonzalez was traveling eastbound on Beach Blvd. at Forest Blvd. wearing his helmet in the middle of the day when a driver heading westbound made a left hand turn crashing into Higinio Gonzalez. The victim was transported to the hospital. He was pronounced dead when he arrived at the hospital. May is Motorcycle Awareness month as we look at the data sadly motorcycle fatalities have continued to increase. Share the Road with motorcycles, pedestrians and bicyclist. Remember "Look Twice Save a Life." Higinio Gonzalez had served in the military, he loved to ride motorcycles.

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month- This year once again we are reminded "Look Twice Save a Life." According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles Duval County reported 27 motorcycle fatalities in 2016, St Johns County reported 2 and Clay County reported 7. Motorcycle fatalities have continued to increase every year for the last 20 years. The state of Florida reported 462 motorcycle fatalities in 2013 that number has risen to 501 in 2016. Imagine a motorcyclist is driving through an intersection when a driver making a left hand turn quickly glances no cars are blocking the lane so they continue their left hand turn colliding with the motorcyclist attempting to ride straight cross the intersection. This scenario is one of the most common situations in serious motorcycle accidents. The driver of the vehicle may be a distracted they are looking for a larger vehicle another car or SUV they fail to notice the motorcycle. Decreasing the number of motorcycle accidents will require that drivers become more conscious of their presence on our roadways. The Florida Chapter of Abate recommends that all motorcycle riders take a rider education course. Florida law requires a motorcycle endorsement on your driver's license to operate a motorcycle. In order to obtain the endorsement completion of a 15 hour basic motorcycle course is required. Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles has a list of approved courses and locations on their web site. 
https://www.flhsmv.gov/.../motorcycl.../safety-course-locations/

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