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March 15, 2018

Early in the morning on last Sunday, March 11th, a man from Rockledge was riding on his motorcycle along I-95 in Brevard County when he collided with the rear of a semi truck.  The report from the Florida Highway Patrol that was issued later on that same day indicated that the accident resulted in the death of the motorcyclist and is still under investigation.

The report also included some of the most important details on the case as they are currently known.  It seems that the man, a 24-year-old, was on his motorcycle at close to 1:00 in the morning when he entered I-95.  Shortly afterward, as he was nearing the point where I-95 and State Road 520 cross and just before entering Cocoa, the young man approached a semi truck traveling in the same lane.

For reasons that are currently unknown, the young man did not seem to slow or swerve away from the rear of the truck.  The two vehicles collided while on the highway and the motorcyclist was thrown from his bike.

Someone, either a witness to the crash or the trucker, called 9-1-1 to report the incident and soon paramedics and members of the Florida Highway Patrol were on the scene.  Because the driver of the truck was not injured in the crash, the paramedics placed all of their focus on the man thrown from the motorcycle.  He had clearly suffered from life-threatening injuries, and the extremity of these injuries made it so that any work done by the paramedics was immediately rendered useless.

Despite the efforts of the emergency response teams, the man was not able to be saved.  He was declared dead at the scene, not long after the paramedics and police officers arrived.

As mentioned above, the fatal accident is still under investigation and very little information other than that already mentioned has been released to the public.  The police will now work to determine if either of the individuals involved in the accident was driving under the influence of alcohol or any other impairing chemical, whether or not either of the drivers was driving erratically or dangerously, and, more generally, if the responsibility for this death lies exclusively in either of the motorists’ hands.

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