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Motorist’s Traffic Violation Results in Death of Motorcyclist


A motorcyclist was killed when she was hit by a car along U.S. 1 in Palm Bay, Fla. The accident happened on Wednesday, December 14th, at 3:53 p.m., in the 3100 block of U.S. 1 going in the southern direction, in the vicinity of Spence Drive. The crash caused roads to be closed for many hours.

Police identified the victim as Shelby Barnes, age 51, of Melbourne. Ms. Barnes was taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, where she was declared dead.

They have also charged the operator of the other vehicle, Avis Besley, age 68, of Palm Bay, with committing a violation of the right-of-way. According to Lt. Mike Bandesh of the Palm Bay Police Department, she drove across all three lanes of the highway when the accident occurred. They believe she was planning to make a turn, but failed to notice the motorcycle. Police are conducting an investigation into the crash.

According to the Hurt Report, in accidents involving multiple vehicles, two-thirds of them are caused by the other motorist’s violation of the motorcyclist’s right-of-way. But the predominant cause of motorcycle accidents is the failure of motorists to notice motorcycles in traffic. Because motorcycles are less conspicuous than other vehicles, motorists should make an effort to look out for them when driving.

If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the motorcycle accident attorneys at Proner and Proner.

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