A Thursday morning accident between a motorcycle and a truck resulted in the death of one individual. The initial report from the Florida Highway Patrol indicates that Pierce, a 28-year-old Deltona resident, was driving a 2001 Harley-Davidson motorcycle down the western lanes of Dirksen Drive. As he approached the intersection of Dirksen and the on-ramp to Interstate 4, the light along Dirksen Drive turned green.
At the same time as Pierce began to travel through the intersection, a 2016 Ford F-150 approached the juncture of Dirksen and the I-4 on-ramp. Behind the wheel of the Ford was the 32-year-old Lake Mary resident Lindsey. Lindsey was driving down the eastern bound lanes of Dirksen Drive and had shifted into the turn lane in order to access the interstate. While the light was green for both Lindsey and Pierce, Pierce did have the right of way as he was continuing straight while Lindsey was attempting to turn across the westbound lanes in order to access the I-4 ramp.
Lindsey, however, either did not see Pierce or believed that the distance between the two vehicles was great enough to make the turn. He began to drive across the westbound lanes of Dirksen Drive, towards the on-ramp. This is when the truck and the motorcycle collided, as the sudden entrance of the F-150 into his lane made it nearly impossible for Pierce to avoid hitting it.
Emergency response crews arrived at the scene shortly after the motorcycle and truck impacted one another, but there was nothing they could do for Pierce. He was declared dead at the location of the crash. It was not immediately clear from the initial report whether or not Lindsey was also injured as a result of the collision, although it is not uncommon for accidents involving motorcycles and larger vehicles to result in the death of the cyclist while the other driver remains physically sound.
Preliminary reports from the investigating team revealed that no alcohol or other impairing substances seem to have played a role in the crash. The report also ruled out speed as a contributing factor.
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.
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