A motorcycle accident has tragically ended the life of a 56-year-old man on Wednesday. The crash occurred as a high school student exited the parking lot at Matanzas High School located in the Palm Coast, Florida area. According to the Florida Highway patrol a 17-year-old high school student driving a Chevrolet Impala pulled out of the parking lot at the school. As he exited the parking lot the teen's car T-boned the motorcycle. The motorcyclist Mark Radcliff was critically injured. He was transported to the hospital where he died as a result of injruies sustained in the crash. The teen had minor injuries. The crash is being investigated. Charges are pending. Motorcyclist deaths occurred 28% times more frequently than fatalities in other vehicles based on NHTSA crash data. As we approach May the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's annual Motorcycle Awareness campaign begins. The campaign every year they focus on motorcycle safety as a concern for motorist and motorcyclist. Motorcycle crashes involving another vehicle are frequently the result of the driver not seeing the motorcycle. Blind spots, distracted driving and just glancing too quickly are several of the reasons why drivers miss seeing motorcycles. Many of these tragic accidents could have been prevented. Parent's please take time to use this tragic lesson with your teen drivers and take a moment to reflect on how you can be the best example for your teens. We have a few tips and facts to share with drivers about Motorcycle Awareness.
Orange Park, Fl- A fatal pedestrian accident was a tragic scene this morning for residents along Capella Road in Orange Park. Around 9 this morning residents along Capella Road between Uranus Lane and Centura Drive went outside their homes and discovered a body in the road. Neighbors have been concerned about speeding in the area. The shock set in as police investigators gathered. The victim apparently hit by a vehicle and left to die alone another deadly hit-and-run accident. According to the Florida Highway Patrol the accident occurred Tuesday morning before 9 a.m. The victim was an adult male. Investigators have not released the victims name.
"Child Passenger Safety Week" begins this week. Recognized by Governor Rick Scott, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reminds us to protect our most precious cargo. Last year 1,165 children were wearing no safety restraints when they were injured in an auto accident. Injuries that could have been prevented in or at least the injuries would not have been as serious in most of these cases. Crash test have proven child safety seats save lives and protect our children from many serious injuries. Children should be seated in the proper restraint for their size and weight. Children under 4 must be seated in a child safety seat. Children 4 and 5 years of age are required to ride in a car seat or booster seat. Children under 12 years of age should be seated in the back seat. Front seat air bags when deployed can be dangerous to children. The Florida Highway Patrol offers free car seat installation and safety checks at Florida Highway Patrol Troop locations. Appointments are available on the first Friday of the month from 9 a.m. - noon. The Jacksonville location is 7322 Normandy Blvd. 32205. Contact Dylan Bryan for more information at 904-693-5070.
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Yulee, Florida was the scene of a fatal auto accident Saturday around 6 p.m. on I-95 right at the Georgia Florida line. The victim was a 12 year old girl. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Ruth Binkley was driving South on I-95 when she steered into the emergency lane and then abruptly steered back into traffic striking a Chevrolet Suburban causing the Suburban to flip over. The victim Grace Force, was ejected from the Suburban she was riding in. Grace Force was transported to the hospital where she died. The other passengers in the Suburban were treated for injuries which appeared to be minor. Binkley and her passenger did not appear to be injured. Florida Highway Patrol did not know what caused Binkley to swerve the investigation and cleanup kept the southbound lanes of I-95 closed for hours. Two northbound lanes of I-95 were also closed just south of St Marys Georgia. A difficult weekend for friends and family of the victim it is a solemn reminder as we approach Memorial Day weekend a time when accidents increase on our highways. Take the time to drive carefully, don't drive distracted or intoxicated. Remember life is precious and it only takes a moment to be involved in a life changing mistake. Make sure you and your children are always wearing a seat belt and that small children are in the appropriate car seat for their size and age. When you are in an accident always seek medical attention immediately if you are injured. If you need legal advice call a qualified, experienced Personal Injury Attorney. We offer a Free Consultation with an experienced Personal Injury Attorney.
A pedestrian accident in Jacksonville has claimed the life of a Brunswick, Georgia resident. Harold Martin left his vehicle that apparently broke down on Interstate 95 near the Emerson Street exit. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Martin attempted to cross the north bound lanes of Interstate 95 when a 2011 Mercedes C300 struck Martin. The accident occurred around 9:30 p.m. Martin died at the scene. We are saddened by the number of pedestrian accidents in our area. The victims include children walking to their bus stop, elderly attempting to cross the street, several have been hit-and-run situations and this latest victim was apparently attempting to get help after his vehicle broke down.