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January 10, 2018

In Lake County on this past Sunday a single vehicle crash left one individual dead and members of the Florida Highway Patrol investigating. The initial report from the Florida Highway Patrol is scant on details, but as the case is still being examined by authorities it is likely that additional pieces of information will emerge as they are unearthed by investigators. What we know now is that it was just after 1:00 in the morning when Williams, believed to be a resident of Eustis, rode his motorcycle down the westbound lane of County Road 46A, close to where this road intersects with Red Tail Boulevard, and then seemingly lost control of the vehicle.

Police were called in by either a person who witnessed the scene or someone who arrived shortly after it took place. When paramedics and first responders arrived, they found the critically injured Williams lying some ways away from his motorcycle. It appears that he was violently thrown from the motorcycle after it left the road and slammed into a guardrail. Although the emergency medical teams attended to the injured man, the injuries he suffered as a result of the crash were far too severe for treatment and he was declared dead at the scene.

No other vehicles are believed to have been involved in this accident and it is far from clear just what happened to cause Williams to suddenly lose total control over the motorcycle.

The investigation is still searching for answers to these questions, and at the moment those in charge of unearthing what happened have not even stated whether or not Williams was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Additionally, it is not clear whether or not any testing has been done for drugs or alcohol in his system that could have possibly worsened the situation.

Apart from speculation as to whether or not Williams was intoxicated at the time of the crash, it is entirely possible that some flaw in the roadway itself led to the fatal incident. While traveling at even modest speeds, a motorcycle that hits a pothole or other imperfection in the asphalt becomes briefly but immediately more difficult to control. It is entirely possible that Williams’ bike struck just such a spot on the road, after which control was wrenched away from him, and the motorcycle sent flying towards the guardrail.

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