St. Petersburg Fatal Motorcycle Collision
Posted on January 5, 2017
In St. Petersburg, Fla., a 19-year-old man lost his life in a motorcycle accident on Monday, December 5th. At 10:25 p.m., a 2013 Jeep Wrangler, operated by Patricia N. Stevenson, was going in the southern direction on 66th Street North, in the turn lane. Then, as she tried to make a left turn onto 30th Avenue North, she struck a motorcycle going in the northern direction on 66th Street North in the median lane behind another vehicle.
The motorcyclist was James V. Redner-Gilmartin, who, according to police, changed lanes into the middle lane, and increased his speed. Ms. Stevenson did not notice him on his motorcycle, and thus, she turned left and hit him. He was declared dead at the scene of the accident. He was not wearing a helmet. Ms. Stevenson was transported to the hospital, and was released.
Although the victim was not wearing a helmet in this case, had the operator of the vehicle noticed him, more than likely, she would not have struck him. Therefore, negligence played a role in this accident, as it almost always does when the collision results from a left turn made by the other vehicle.
Many motorists simply do not look out for motorcyclists and thus, when they appear, the motorists are taken by surprise, and do not stop in time to avoid striking the motorcyclist. If you were injured, or lost a loved one, in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another motorist, contact the motorcycle accident attorneys at Proner and Proner.