Volusia County Motorcycle Accident Yesterday

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Fitch became a major safety advocate and began active development of safer road cars and racing circuits. He invented traffic safety devices currently in use on highways, including the sand-and-air-filled Fitch barrels.

Levegh’s front-right wheel rode up onto the rear-left corner of Macklin’s car, which acted as a ramp and launched Levegh’s car into the air, flying over spectators and rolling end over end for 80 metres (260 ft). Levegh was thrown out of his tumbling car and hit the ground, crushing his skull upon impact and killing him instantly.John Fitch, Levegh’s American co-driver, had suited up and was ready to take over the car at the upcoming pit stop, and was standing with Levegh’s wife, Denise Bouillin. They saw the whole catastrophe unfold. Levegh’s lifeless body, severely burned, lay in full view on the pavement until a gendarme hauled down a banner to cover it. Levegh’s wife was inconsolable and Fitch stayed with her until she could be comforted. Half an hour after the crash Fitch realised that news was probably being broadcast on the radio, and he needed to telephone his family to reassure them that he was not the driver of the crashed car. When he got to the media centre to use a telephone, he got his first inkling of the sheer enormity of the disaster, overhearing a reporter filing that 48 deaths were already confirmed. When Fitch returned to his pit, he urged the Mercedes team to withdraw from the race, as continuing to compete would be a public relations disaster for Mercedes-Benz regardless of whether they won or lost. Team manager Alfred Neubauer had already reached the same conclusion, but did not have the authority to make such a decision.

Jaguar driver Duncan Hamilton, watching from the pit wall, recalled, “The scene on the other side of the road was indescribable. The dead and dying were everywhere; the cries of pain, anguish, and despair screamed catastrophe. I stood as if in a dream, too horrified to even think.” Hawthorn and the Jaguar team kept racing. With the Mercedes team withdrawn and the Ferraris all out of commission, Jaguar’s main competition had gone. Hawthorn and Bueb won the race by a margin of five laps from Aston Martin. The weather had closed in on Sunday morning and there was no victory celebration. However, a press photograph showed Hawthorn smiling on the podium drinking from the victor’s bottle of champagne. The French magazine L’Auto-Journal published it with the sarcastic caption, “À votre santé, Monsieur Hawthorn!” (In English, “To your health (‘Cheers’), Mr. Hawthorn!”) Meanwhile, Macklin’s car, heavily damaged, rammed the left-side barrier, then veered to the right of the track into the pit lane, narrowly missing Kling’s Mercedes-Benz, Roberto Mieres’s Maserati, and Don Beauman’s Jaguar, all of which were already in the pits refuelling before the accident. Macklin’s car hit the unprotected pit-wall, just short of the Cunningham and Mercedes-Benz pits where Shell and Lockheed equipment were stationed, running down a policeman, a photographer and two officials (all seriously injured), then rebounded back across the track again to end up skating down the left-side fence for a second time. Macklin survived the incident without serious injury, jumping out of the wreck and over the bank.There was great anticipation for the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans, as Ferrari, Jaguar, and Mercedes-Benz had all won the race previously and all three automakers had arrived with new and improved cars. The Ferraris, current champions at the time, were very fast but fragile and prone to mechanical failure. Jaguar concentrated their racing almost exclusively on Le Mans and had a very experienced driver line-up, including Formula 1 (F1) Ferrari driver Mike Hawthorn.

Opinions differed widely amongst the other drivers as to who was directly to blame for the crash, and such differences remain even today. Macklin claimed that Hawthorn’s move to the pits was sudden, causing an emergency that led him to swerve into Levegh’s path. Years later Fitch claimed, based on his own recollection and from what he heard from others, that Hawthorn had caused it. Dewis ventured the opinions that Macklin’s move around Hawthorn was careless and that Levegh was not competent to meet the demands of driving at the speeds the 300SLR was capable of.There was much debate over blame for the disaster. The official inquiry held none of the drivers specifically responsible and criticised the layout of the 30-year-old track, which had not been designed for cars as fast as those involved in the crash.

Hawthorn had overshot his pits and stopped. Getting out, he was immediately ordered by his team to get back in and do another lap to get away from the total confusion and danger. When he pit stopped during the next lap, he staggered out of the car completely distraught, adamant that he had caused the catastrophe. Ivor Bueb and Norman Dewis, both Le Mans debutants, had to step into their respective cars for their first driver stints. Bueb in particular was very reluctant, but given Hawthorn’s condition had no choice, as Dewis firmly pointed out to him.
Most countries lifted their racing bans within a year after the disaster. France in particular, as the host of Le Mans, lifted their complete ban on 14 September 1955. On that date, the Ministry of the Interior released new regulations for racing events and codified the approval process that future racing events would need to follow. In contrast, Switzerland’s ban, which also extended to the running of timed motorsports such as hillclimbs, persisted for decades. This forced Swiss racing promoters to organize circuit events in foreign countries including France, Italy, and West Germany. In 2003, the Federal Assembly of Switzerland started a lengthy discussion about whether this ban should be lifted. The discussion focused on traffic policy and environmental questions rather than on safety. On 10 June 2009, the Ständerat (upper house of the Swiss parliament) defeated a proposal to lift the ban for the second time. In 2015, the ban was relaxed for electric vehicles only, such as cars involved in Formula E electric racing. The ban was lifted in May 2022.

Over the next year, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) set about making extensive track improvements and infrastructure changes at the Circuit de la Sarthe—the pit straight was redesigned and widened to remove the kink just before the start-finish line, and to give room for a deceleration lane. The pits complex was pulled down and rebuilt, giving more room to the teams, but thereby limiting spaces to only 52 starters rather than the previous 60. The grandstand was demolished and rebuilt with new spectator terraces and a wide ditch between them and the racetrack. Track safety technology and practices evolved slowly until F1 driver Jackie Stewart organized a campaign to advocate for better safety measures ten years later. Stewart’s campaign gained momentum after the deaths of Lorenzo Bandini and Jim Clark.
The critical kink in the road put the car on a direct trajectory toward the packed terraces and grandstand. The car landed on the earthen embankment between the spectators and the track, bounced, then slammed into a concrete stairwell structure and disintegrated. The momentum of the heaviest components of the car – the engine block, radiator, and front suspension – hurtled straight on into the crowd for almost 100 metres (330 ft), crushing all in their path. The bonnet lid scythed through the air, “decapitating tightly jammed spectators like a guillotine”. Spectators who had climbed onto ladders and scaffolding to get a better view of the track, and those crowding to use the underpass to get to the pits, found themselves in the path of the lethal debris.After conquering F1, Mercedes-Benz had debuted its new 300 SLR in that year’s World Sportscar Championship, including a record-setting win at the Mille Miglia for Stirling Moss. The 300 SLR featured a body made of an ultra-lightweight magnesium alloy called Elektron. The car lacked the more effective state-of-the-art disc brakes featured on the rival Jaguar D-Type, instead incorporating inboard drum brakes and a large air brake behind the driver that could be raised to increase drag and slow the car. Aside from two layout changes to make the circuit shorter, the Circuit de la Sarthe was largely unaltered since the inception of the race in 1923, when top speeds of cars were typically in the region of 100 km/h (60 mph). By 1955, top speeds for the leading cars were over 270 km/h (170 mph). That said, the circuit had been resurfaced and widened after the Second World War. The pits and grandstands had been reconstructed, but there were no barriers between the pit lane and the racing line, and only a 4 ft (1.2 m) earthen bank between the track and the spectators. The cars had no seat belts; the drivers reasoned that it was preferable to be thrown clear in a collision rather than be crushed or trapped in a burning car. Much recrimination was directed at Hawthorn, saying that he had suddenly cut in front of Macklin and slammed on the brakes near the entrance to the pits, forcing Macklin to take desperate evasive action into the path of Levegh. This became the semi-official pronouncement of the Mercedes team and Macklin’s story. The Jaguar team in turn questioned the fitness and competence of Macklin and Levegh as drivers. The initial media accounts were wildly inaccurate, as shown by subsequent analysis of photographic evidence conducted by Road & Track editor (and 1955 second-place finisher) Paul Frère in 1975. Additional details emerged when the stills reviewed by Frère were converted to video form.The media also speculated on the violent fire that engulfed the wreck, which intensified when fire marshals poured their water-based extinguishers on the flames. They suggested that Mercedes-Benz had tampered with the official fuel-supply with an explosive additive, but the intensity of the fire was due instead to the magnesium-alloy construction of the chassis. Neubauer got the French authorities to test residual fuel left in the wreck’s fuel injection and the result vindicated the company. Despite expectations for the race to be red-flagged and stopped entirely, race officials, led by race director Charles Faroux, kept the race running. In the days after the disaster, several explanations were offered by Faroux for this course of action. They included: The death toll led to an immediate temporary ban on motorsports in France, Spain, Switzerland, West Germany, and other nations, until racetracks could be brought to a higher safety standard. In the United States, the American Automobile Association (AAA) dissolved their Contest Board that had been the primary sanctioning body for motorsport in the US (including the Indianapolis 500) since 1904. It decided that auto racing detracted from its primary goals, and the United States Automobile Club was formed to take over the race sanctioning and officiating.The next round of the World Sportscar Championship at the Nürburgring was cancelled, as was the non-championship Carrera Panamericana. The rest of the 1955 World Sportscar Championship season was completed, with the remaining two races at the British RAC Tourist Trophy and the Italian Targa Florio, although they were not run until September and October, several months after the catastrophe. Mercedes-Benz won both of these events, and was able to secure the constructors championship for the season. Having achieved that, Mercedes withdrew fro
m motorsport. The horror of the crash caused some drivers present, including Americans Fitch (after completing the season with Mercedes), Phil Walters (who had been offered a drive with Ferrari for the rest of the season), and Sherwood Johnston, to retire from racing. Macklin also decided to retire after being involved in another fatal crash, during the 1955 RAC Tourist Trophy race at Dundrod Circuit. Fangio never raced at Le Mans again. At the Circuit de la Sarthe, the audience stands at the pits were demolished.The crash started when Jaguar driver Mike Hawthorn pulled to the right side of the track in front of Austin-Healey driver Lance Macklin and started braking for his pit stop. Macklin swerved out from behind the slowing Jaguar into the path of Levegh, who was passing on the left in his much faster Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR. Levegh rear-ended Macklin at high speed, overriding Macklin’s car and launching his own car through the air. Levegh’s car skipped over a protective earthen berm at 200 km/h (125 mph) and made at least two impacts within the spectator area, the last of which caused the car to disintegrate, throwing him onto the track where he was instantly killed. Large pieces of debris, including the Mercedes’ engine block, radiator, front suspension, and bonnet (hood), were sent flying into the packed spectator area in front of the grandstand. The rear of Levegh’s car landed on the berm and exploded into flames.

Macklin, who also braked hard, ran off the right-hand edge of the track, throwing up dust. Noticing that Hawthorn was slowing down, Macklin swerved left to avoid Hawthorn, whether it was an instinctive reaction, a loss of control from going onto the change of road-surface, or his car’s disc brakes operating unevenly. As a result, Macklin’s car veered across to the centre of the track, apparently briefly out of control. This put him into the path of Levegh’s Mercedes, closing in at over 200 km/h (120 mph), intent on doing another lap and in front of Fangio, who was patiently waiting to pass. Levegh had no time to evade, and with possibly his last action, raised his hand, warning Fangio, thereby probably saving Fangio’s life. With his eyes shut, Fangio – with his own quick reflexes – squeezed through the carnage and brushed Hawthorn’s then-stationary Jaguar in the pits, allowing him to pass unscathed.
After an emergency meeting and vote of Mercedes-Benz company directors by telephone in Stuttgart, West Germany, Neubauer finally got the call approving his team’s withdrawal just before midnight. Waiting until 1:45 am, when many spectators had left, he stepped onto the track and quietly called his cars into the pits, at the time running first and third. Their retirement was briefly announced over the public address system. The Mercedes trucks were packed up and gone by morning. Chief engineer Rudolf Uhlenhaut had gone to the Jaguar pits to ask if the Jaguar team would respond in kind, out of respect for the crash victims. Jaguar team manager “Lofty” England declined.Mercedes team manager Alfred Neubauer assembled a multinational team for the race: pairing his two best drivers Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss in the lead car, 1952 race-winner Karl Kling with Frenchman André Simon (both also in the current F1 team) and American John Fitch with one of the elder statesmen of French motor-racing, Pierre Levegh. It had been Levegh’s unprecedented solo drive in the 1952 race that failed in the last hour, which allowed Mercedes-Benz their first Le Mans victory. Accounts put the death toll at 80 to 84 (spectators plus Levegh), either by flying debris or from the fire, with a further 120 to 178 injured. Other observers estimated the toll to be much higher. It has remained the most catastrophic crash in motorsport history. A special Mass was held in the morning in the Le Mans Cathedral for the first funerals of the victims. The 1955 Le Mans disaster was a major crash that occurred on 11 June 1955 during the 24 Hours of Le Mans motor race at Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, Sarthe, France. Large pieces of debris flew into the crowd, killing 83 spectators and French driver Pierre Levegh, and injuring nearly 180 more. It was the most catastrophic crash in motorsport history, prompting Mercedes-Benz to withdraw from motor racing until 1989, and the country of Switzerland to institute a nation-wide ban on motorsports altogether that lasted until March 2023.Both Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz issued official statements, mainly in self-defence against the accusations levelled against them and their drivers. Neubauer limited himself to suggesting improvements to the pit straight and making pit-stops safer.

The official government inquiry into the accident called officials, drivers, and team personnel to be questioned and give evidence. The wreckage was examined and tested and, finally, returned to Mercedes-Benz nearly twelve months after the catastrophe. In the end the enquiry ruled that no specific driver was responsible for the crash, and that it was merely a terrible racing incident. The death of the spectators was blamed on inadequate safety standards for the track design. Tony Rolt and other drivers had been raising concerns about the pit straight since 1953.

Macklin, on reading Hawthorn’s 1958 autobiography, Challenge Me the Race, was embittered when he found that Hawthorn now disclaimed all responsibility for the crash without identifying who had caused it. With Levegh dead, Macklin presumed that Hawthorn’s implication was that he (Macklin) had been responsible, and he began a libel action. The action was still unresolved when Hawthorn was killed in a non-racing crash on the Guildford bypass in 1959, coincidentally while overtaking a Mercedes-Benz in his Jaguar.
There were two key factors regarding the track layout at that time – first, there was no designated deceleration lane for cars coming into the pits, and second, that just before the main straight, there was a very slight right-hand kink in the road just after which Hawthorn started braking.

Macklin’s Austin-Healey 100 was sold to several private buyers before appearing on the public auction block. In 1969, it was bought for £155 (equivalent to £2,714 in 2021). In December 2011, the car, estimated to raise £800,000 before the auction, was sold for £843,000. The car retained the original engine SPL 261-BN, but was reported to be in ‘barn find’ condition. It was then restored to its original condition.
The 1955 race began at 4pm on Saturday, and, as predicted, the lead cars of Eugenio Castellotti (Ferrari), Hawthorn (Jaguar), and Fangio (Mercedes-Benz) were at the head of the field in the first hour. The other team cars were being kept on tighter leashes to conserve the cars, but still racing in the top ten. Going into the second hour, Castellotti started dropping back, but Hawthorn and Fangio continued the duel, swapping the lead and dropping the lap record further and further, lapping most of the field.

On lap 35, Hawthorn and Fangio were racing as hard as ever. In his biography, Hawthorn said he was “momentarily mesmerized by the legend of the Mercedes superiority … Then I came to my senses and thought ‘Damn it, why should a German car beat a British car.'” The lap before, Hawthorn’s pit crew had signalled for him to come in the next lap. He had just lapped Levegh (running sixth) after Arnage (one of the corners of the race track) and was determined to keep Fangio at bay as long as possible. Coming out of the Maison Blanche portion of the course, he rapidly caught Lance Macklin in his Austin Healey 100S, who had seen him and moved over to the right to let him pass. Putting another lap on Macklin coming up to the main straight, Hawthorn then raised his hand to indicate he was pitting and pulled across to the right (from Hawthorn’s testimony). What caught Macklin out though was that Hawthorn, using the Jaguar’s advanced disc brakes, braked hard enough to slow his Jaguar from such a speed in time.
When the rest of Levegh’s car landed on the embankment, the rear-mounted fuel tank exploded. The fuel fire raised the temperature of the remaining Elektron bodywork past its ignition temperature, which was lower than that of other metal alloys due to its high magnesium content. The alloy burst into white-hot flames, showering the track and crowd with magnesium embers, made worse by rescue workers unfamiliar with magnesium fires who poured water onto the inferno, greatly intensifying the fire. As a result, the car burned for several hours.DAYTONA BEACH SHORES — A motorcyclist was killed Friday night when the bike was struck by a speeding car on South Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach Shores Public Safety reported.

Who was the woman that killed motorcyclist?
Anne Sacoolas Anne Sacoolas has been sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for 12 months, for causing the death of teenage motorcyclist Harry Dunn by careless driving.
The identity of the motorcyclist, who was from out of state, hasn’t been released, pending notification of next of kin, said Daytona Beach Shores spokeswoman Cindi Lane.

The vehicle struck the northbound motorcycle as it was turning left into the Sunoco station, killing the motorcyclist instantly, according to police. The vehicle continued south and stopped when it became disabled in the 2600 block of South Atlantic.

What was the deadliest motor accident?
The 1955 Le Mans disaster was a major crash that occurred on 11 June 1955 during the 24 Hours of Le Mans motor race at Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, Sarthe, France. Large pieces of debris flew into the crowd, killing 83 spectators and French driver Pierre Levegh, and injuring nearly 180 more.
The woman driving the vehicle was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center with head injuries, according to police. The accident is under investigation and charges are pending against the driver, whose name hadn’t been released on Saturday.

The crash occurred a little after 11 p.m. in front of the Sunoco gas station at 2530 S. Atlantic Avenue, according to police. A Daytona Beach Shores public safety officer observed the vehicle traveling southbound at 85 mph in the 2400 block of South Atlantic Avenue. The speed limit is 35 mph.
The attorneys with The Eberst Law Firm are experts in Florida law regarding distracted driving. We’ll be ready to use that knowledge on your behalf if a distracted driver hit your vehicle and caused a severe injury. You can call 1-800-CALL-JON or contact us online for a free evaluation of your case.This multi-tasking while driving significantly impairs a driver’s ability to react to changing road conditions and increases the crash risk. Texting while driving also takes a driver’s attention away from the road for an extended period, increasing the risk of a crash even further.Although distracted driving is a significant problem across the country, the issue is even more pronounced in Florida. According to one study, Florida ranks No. 14 on the list of the worst states for deaths attributed to distraction-related car wrecks. More than 500 fatalities attributed to distracted driving occurred in our state between 2019 and 2020.

A distracted driving attorney with The Eberst Law Firm is standing by to help you obtain maximum compensation. Please use our online contact form for a free case review, or call 1-888-CALL-JON.The Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported 333 distracted driving fatalities in 2021. This was the highest total in our state in the previous eight years. More than 1,000 distraction-related crashes occur every week.

Distracted driving accidents have risen in Florida and the country in recent years. The increasing use of technology and the widespread availability of smartphones have contributed to the rise in distracted driving incidents.
When a driver is distracted, their reaction time slows down, and they may miss essential traffic signals, road signs, or changes in road conditions. A lack of focus can lead to crashes, collisions, and other incidents that can cause serious injuries or fatalities.Several factors contribute to the high incidence of distracted driving in Florida, including a high population density, a growing number of visitors and tourists, and a relatively mild climate that allows for year-round driving.

According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, more than 50,000 distraction-related accidents occur yearly in our state. Drivers must be aware of the dangers and minimize distractions while on the road.
Everyone has a smartphone, but some of us can’t put it down. They’ll check texts and emails while behind the wheel and have extended conversations. This, of course, increases the chances of an accident. But distracted driving isn’t limited to phone use. People will eat, drink and drive when they’re too sick to keep their focus on the road. Not only does distracted driving endanger other drivers, but it also puts pedestrians and others using the road at risk. Check out these Florida distracted driving statistics to learn more about the state and its dangers. In addition to physical harm, distracted driving can also result in significant financial and emotional tolls on victims and their families. The aftermath of a distracted driving crash can impact an individual’s life for years to come. It’s important to note that distracted driving isn’t limited to texting while driving. It can include any activity that takes a driver’s attention away from the road, such as eating, using navigation systems, adjusting the radio, or talking on a cell phone.

Motorists and truck drivers text while behind the wheel far too often. Texting is the most dangerous type of distracted driving because it involves several types of distractions at once:
Florida has seen a substantial increase in distracted driving incidents in recent years, and the problem continues to be a significant concern for drivers and law enforcement officials.Taking these steps as soon as possible after the accident is essential to ensure that you receive the necessary medical care and protect your rights and interests. Also, don’t make any statements that could be used against you in a potential legal case.

Williams was arrested on a warrant and taken into custody by New Orleans police, Long said. It wasn’t immediately clear when the suspect would be extradited to Volusia County to await trial.
Surveillance video showed Bilski, who was pronounced dead at the scene, operating his motorcycle in a safe manner, Long said. Williams, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, exited the car on his own after the crash.

What was the wrong way collision that killed 3 in Volusia County?
Early December 11, a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck traveling the wrong way on eastbound SR-44 near Jesse Michael Drive struck an Infiniti Q50 with four occupants inside, three of whom died at the scene.
A Louisiana man was charged with vehicular homicide in the death of a Volusia County motorcyclist who was struck by the visitor at about 95 mph, police said.

Rodney Williams Jr. confessed Wednesday to Daytona Beach Shores officers, who’d traveled to New Orleans to meet with the suspect, that he was responsible for causing 24-year-old Jessy Bilski’s death, Sgt. Jessica Long said in a news release.

What distraction was reported for of drivers who were involved in fatal crashes in Florida?
The Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported 333 distracted driving fatalities in 2021. This was the highest total in our state in the previous eight years. More than 1,000 distraction-related crashes occur every week.
Williams, 37, told officers he was visiting the area from Louisiana with his girlfriend and her son, to whom the car belonged, Long said. Williams said he asked for, and received, permission to drive the Challenger, saying he wanted to see “what it could do.”

How many drivers have been killed at Daytona?
Since its opening in 1959, Daytona International Speedway has seen 40 on-track fatalities: 23 car drivers, 12 motorcyclists, 3 go-kart drivers, 1 powerboat racer, and 1 track worker.
Bilski was traveling southbound in the 3700 block of South Atlantic Avenue at about midnight on July 19 when Williams, who was driving a Dodge Challenger, struck him from behind at a high rate of speed, police said. The car continued for nearly 600 feet, eventually crashing through the wall of a townhome’s kitchen; no one inside the residence was injured.Since its opening in 1959, Daytona International Speedway has seen 40 on-track fatalities: 23 car drivers, 12 motorcyclists, 3 go-kart drivers, 1 powerboat racer, and 1 track worker. The most notable death may have been that of Dale Earnhardt, who was killed on the last lap of the Daytona 500 on February 18, 2001.The crash happened Monday evening around 5 p.m. on the intersection of Wright St. and Circle Drive, according to a Florida Highway Patrol press release. Ormond Beach police say 24-year-old Michael Rosales was riding his motorcycle on U.S. 1 when a car turned left into his path. The bike slammed into the vehicle’s passenger side, trapping 17-year-old Leah Bann in the front seat. She later died at the scene. Dulin’s father James described Alexandra as loving and someone with a generous heart, telling News 6 they had just spoken the day before the crash about flying home to Indiana for Christmas, adding he was sending love to the families of the two others killed in the wreck.According to Perkins’ charging affidavit, the route to the crash site began at a bar and spanned about 37.5 miles, on which Perkins averaged a speed of 97 miles an hour.Petry faces charges of leaving the scene of a crash involving serious bodily injury, reckless driving involving serious bodily injury, three counts of leaving the scene of a crash with death and three counts of vehicular homicide, records show.Based on how he was driving at least 30-40 miles per hour above relevant posted speed limits in Orange and Volusia counties — adding to how it was allegedly later found via blood testing that he was driving under the influence of alcohol and THC — the affidavit states he operated “in a reckless manner that caused the death of his three passengers and serious injuries to the passenger of the Toyota Tacoma.”

“If it weren’t for a drunk driver going the wrong direction with his headlights off we wouldn’t be in this position, we wouldn’t be having this conversation,” he said.
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – Months after a high-speed, head-on crash that left three people dead on State Road 44 in Volusia County late last year, the District 7 State Attorney’s Office announced Friday that the drivers of both vehicles involved have been arrested and face charges in the fatal wreck.“I may be the father that lost his daughter but man, this isn’t a scenario where I want an eye for an eye and tooth and tooth. This just doesn’t feel right,” he said. “I guess I feel as though he’s been through enough.” James Dulin told News 6 on Friday that his family and the other victims’ families are relieved to hear Petry was caught but are disappointed in Perkins’ arrest. Florida Highway Patrol troopers and Volusia County deputies searched for Petry in the tree line, unsuccessful at first even with the help of a K-9, authorities said. Court records state Petry was booked early Friday, but the circumstances of his arrest were not disclosed.Dulin said they would be in the court hearings in support of Perkins. He said the victims’ families feel the charges against him are too severe, even if he was speeding. State Road 44 was temporarily closed in both directions after a deadly crash involving a wrong-way driver early Sunday in Volusia County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. At Perkins’ first appearance Saturday, the state asked for no bond — specifically, the same bond conditions as Petry — and he was granted none; the judge claimed information contained in the warrant was not sufficient for it. Alexandria Dulin’s parents, present as victim advocates, sought Perkins’ release on bond, stating “We just want Devin to get home.” One of Perkins’ passengers was identified as 21-year-old Alexandra Dulin, a social media influencer who had garnered about 1 million followers between her TikTok and Instagram accounts before her death. Early December 11, a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck traveling the wrong way on eastbound SR-44 near Jesse Michael Drive struck an Infiniti Q50 with four occupants inside, three of whom died at the scene. The driver of the Infiniti — Devin Perkins, 22 — was left in serious condition, a passenger in the Tacoma also suffered serious injuries and the pickup truck’s driver — Thomas Petry, 54 — had walked away from the scene by the time law enforcement arrived, a news release shows. Jackson County Coroner Bruce Lynd identified the victim as 35-year-old John Necaise from Lucedale. The accident happened just after 3 p.m. near the Honey Hole gas station in Vancleave, according to authorities. A 2010 Yamaha Motorcycle driven by Necaise traveled south on Highway 57 when he collided with a vehicle making a left turn onto Humphrey Road. Necaise received fatal injuries from the crash and was pronounced dead on the scene.The Bunnell man was driving a 2002 Honda motorcycle northbound from U.S. Highway 1 onto the entrance ramp to Interstate 95 about 1:30 a.m., Highway Patrol spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Montes said.

That’s when the 26-year-old lost control of the motorcycle, which overturned, Montes said. The man was thrown from bike, and died at the scene of the crash.
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – Dashcam video released by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office appears to show the moment a group of motorcycle riders allegedly drove through a red light and into an intersection before one of the riders was hit by an oncoming pickup truck.

While approaching the intersection of North Beach Street and West Granada Boulevard, the video shows the group traveling through the intersection while the traffic light is red.
He was arrested and charges with fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement, resisting without violence, and leaving the scene of a crash, VSO said, adding that he was also cited for failure to stop at a red light and passing in a no passing zone.

VSO said one of the riders looked back at the deputy and flipped him off before he collided with a pickup truck. That rider, identified as Joshua Richardson, survived and ran away from the area, the sheriff’s office said, but was later arrested.

VSO said one of its deputies attempted to pull the group over for popping wheelies, but the group “accelerated, fled at high speed and continued driving recklessly, passing vehicles across solid double lines,” according to the post.
Jacob joined ClickOrlando.com in 2022. He spent 19 years at the Orlando Sentinel, mostly as a photojournalist and video journalist, before joining Spectrum News 13 as a web editor and digital journalist in 2021.A man from Alabama was killed and a Ruskin man was left with serious injuries in a crash Saturday morning along US Route 41 in Hillsborough County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.According to the report, the Focus attempted to make a left turn to travel southbound on Circe Drive, entering the path of the motorcycle. As a result, the front of the motorcycle struck the right side of the sedan.

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According to the crash report, a Ford Focus was traveling westbound on Wright Street approaching Circle Drive at the same time a Suzuki motorcycle was traveling eastbound, also on Wright Street.A 25-year-old man faces charges after he drove on the wrong side of the road while impaired, before crashing his vehicle into a church on Sunday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Both drivers and a passenger involved in a “nearly head-on” crash Saturday morning in Sumter County have died, and a fourth person — another passenger — is now hospitalized with serious injuries, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
A witness at the scene found the motorcyclist who was not breathing and started CPR. First responders arrived and transported the 25-year-old to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The motorcyclist was wearing protective riding gear at the time of the crash. The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office said law enforcement responded to a reported crash just before 8 p.m. at the intersection of Northdale and Round Lake Boulevard Northwest. Witnesses told police they saw the motorcyclist heading southbound on Round Lake Boulevard and entered the intersection at a red light, then drove into an SUV that was heading westbound on Northdale Boulevard, according to the sheriff’s office.In October 2019, Harry’s family were invited to attend the White House and meet the-then president Donald Trump – who secretly arranged for Sacoolas to meet them in the Oval Office. Speaking following the conclusion of the sentencing, Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said: “We have learnt important lessons from this tragic incident, including improvements to the process around exemptions from diplomatic immunity and ensuring the US takes steps to improve road safety around RAF Croughton.” Ms Charles and Harry’s father, Tim Dunn, said they were “horrified” that Sacoolas was instructed to attend the hearing remotely and accused the US of “actively interfering” in British justice.

Anne Sacoolas has been sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for 12 months, for causing the death of teenage motorcyclist Harry Dunn by careless driving.
Sacoolas, 45, was driving her Volvo on the wrong side of the B4031 in Northamptonshire, a two-lane road with a 40mph limit, when she hit Harry, 19, who was riding in the opposite direction.She acknowledged she was driving on the wrong side of the road, with speed not a factor and a breath test for alcohol showing negative, the court was told.

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Delivering her sentence, the judge told Sacoolas: “You drove along the wrong side of the road for much more than a moment and you did not realise what you were doing when you came to a bend in the road.”He was the light of my life before he was so senselessly and cruelly taken from us. Harry just disappeared out of my life that night, shattering my existence forever,” she told the court.

Speaking outside the Old Bailey, Harry’s mother, Charlotte Charles, gave an emotional speech in which she said that Sacoolas would have a “criminal record for the rest of her life”.
She told the defendant, who appeared in court on Thursday via a video link from her lawyer’s office in the US capital, that while she remained in America her sentence could not be enforced.

“I bear in mind that this was a short period of driving and you were not familiar with English roads. The death of Harry Dunn is, of course, the highest degree of harm.She said Harry’s twin, Niall, continues to be “hit very hard” by the tragedy, adding: “I didn’t just lose one son the night Harry died. I lost Niall too.”

What was the fatal motorcycle accident in Daytona Beach Shores?
DAYTONA BEACH SHORES — A motorcyclist was killed Friday night when the bike was struck by a speeding car on South Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach Shores Public Safety reported. The crash occurred a little after 11 p.m. in front of the Sunoco gas station at 2530 S. Atlantic Avenue, according to police. Cached
Mr Dunn told Sky News: “I think if you ever really told our story to somebody who didn’t know (it) they wouldn’t believe some of the stuff we’ve had… from that awful night in the hospital.”But he added: “It’s been worth all the heartache and the pain to prove that normal people from Northamptonshire can take on these people and get what should be done straightaway and get justice.”

Who was the motorcyclist killed in Daytona?
Troopers said the motorcyclist, a 60-year-old Daytona Beach man, was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the Focus, a 32-year-old Holly Hill man, was not injured, according to the FHP. The crash remains under investigation. Cached
Her barrister, Ben Cooper KC, also told the court that Sacoolas had been subject to harassment and multiple death threats and had moved home several times.Alongside handing Sacoolas a suspended prison sentence, the judge, Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb, also ruled that she is disqualified from driving for 12 months.

The former US spy was sentenced in an “unprecedented” case at the Old Bailey – but did not attend the hearing in person after American officials stepped in.

Who was the motorcyclist killed in Coon Rapids?
COON RAPIDS, Minn. (FOX 9) – A 25-year-old motorcyclist died after crashing into an SUV in Coon Rapids Thursday evening.
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Who was the motorcyclist killed in Chaska?
The crash killed 52-year-old Mark Hagan. The crash killed 52-year-old Mark Hagan. A 46-year-old New Germany man faces multiple criminal charges in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed a motorcyclist in Chaska in July.
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Our Central Florida attorneys know the effects of motorcycle accidents can put an enormous strain on your physical, emotional, and financial well-being. Though money can never erase the tragedy of these events, it can sometimes help to secure your future after devastating losses. Compensation can be pursued in areas including:If you are pursuing a wrongful death action in the event that a loved one has sustained fatal injuries from a motorcycle accident, our motorcycle accident lawyers in Daytona Beach can work to recover damages for:According to statistical research, the majority of motorcycle accidents involve collisions with other vehicles, mostly at intersections. Common causes of motorcycle accidents include:

For motorcyclists planning to attend Bike Week in Florida, extra precautions should be taken since many other bikers will be on the road. Motorcyclists should always wear protective helmets, obey traffic laws, keep a sharp eye to their surroundings, and be wary of other drivers who may not see them. Drivers of motorbikes should also make sure to take out uninsured motorist insurance in order to protect their finances in the event of an accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver.
Deputies said the driver of the truck turned in front of the scooter. The scooter driver, identified as David Radosta, 33, of Deltona, died at the scene.

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A traffic fatality in the area of Enterprise Road and Jena Drive in @CityofDeltonaFL is affecting traffic around Deltona Middle School. The crash is just north of the school, and traffic is being rerouted. Those who need to access Deltona Middle should come up from the south end.VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — One person died after a crash involving a pickup truck and a motorcycle scooter near a Volusia County middle school Wednesday afternoon.

Who was the motorcyclist killed in Vancleave MS?
(WLOX) – Officials have identified the motorcyclist killed in a crash in Vancleave Saturday afternoon. Jackson County Coroner Bruce Lynd identified the victim as 35-year-old John Necaise from Lucedale. The accident happened just after 3 p.m. near the Honey Hole gas station in Vancleave, according to authorities.
Motorcycle crash One person died after a crash involving a truck and a motorcycle near a Volusia County middle school Wednesday afternoon. (WFTV.com News Staff)

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