Sgt. Kim Montes, the spokesperson for the Florida Highway Patrol, has released partial details about a crash that occurred in Orange County this past Sunday that left one individual dead. The details, while scant, paint a partial picture of the events, although it is likely that the friends and loved ones of the victim will be looking for more answers in the days and weeks to come. What is known is that Jay Tackett, a 59-year-old from Polk City, was driving their motorcycle along State Road 417. Seated behind him on the bike was Dorrie Tackett, also a 59-year-old Polk City resident. For reasons that are not clear at the time of this writing, Jay Ticket decided to change lanes. This was close to mile marker 22. As he did so, something occurred to make him lost control of the bike.
Witnesses to the scene say that they saw the Tackett’s Honda motorcycle swerve several times in a way that made it clear he was trying to regain balance of the vehicle. Unfortunately, he was not able to do so. The bike tipped over, which caused the Tacketts to be thrown off. They hit the asphalt hard as cars behind them swerved to avoid the couple.
Emergency response teams were called in and rushed to the scene to attend to the badly injured couple. It is believed that, despite the best efforts of the medical teams, the injuries that Dorrie Tackett suffered in the accident were too severe for treatment. While she was taken to a nearby hospital, she was declared dead shortly after arriving. Jay Tackett was also taken to a hospital where he was listed as being in critical condition. At the time of this writing, it is not known what his current condition is. It is also not known whether or not either Tackett was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
Although not currently linked to the reason behind the crash, it is believed that the accident took place around the same time as several violent storms began to sweep through the area. This makes it possible that strong gusts of wind or a suddenly slick patch of road contributed to the fatal crash.
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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