Early on Thursday December 19th, a man riding a
motorcycle collided with a Land Rover SUV during Tampa’s afternoon commute hours, according
to the Florida Highway Patrol.
A police accident report stated the driver of the Land Rover, Jean G. Mezidor
of Tampa, attempted to make a U-turn from the westbound turn lane of Causeway
Boulevard near the intersection of 54th Street. As she pulled around,
the SUV crossed into the path of a Honda motorcycle driven by Ismael S.
Santana of Tampa.
Santana apparently tried to swerve to avoid the collision, but the front
of the Land Rover clipped the back of the motorcycle, troopers said. The
impact was enough to throw the motorcycle off balance and its rider was
thrown to the pavement. Santana was rushed to Tampa General Hospital,
where he later died from severe trauma. It was not made clear whether
or not Santana was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
Motorcycle Fatality Statistics
- In the majority of fatal motorcycle crashes in Florida, the riders are
not wearing helmets
- Wearing a helmet reduces a rider’s chances of death in an accident
by nearly 40%
- For every 100 motorcycle fatalities in Florida, at least 37 could have
been prevented by wearing helmets
- Between 15-20% of all Florida traffic fatalities consist of motorcyclists
and their passengers, yet motorcycles only account for about 3.6% of Florida’s motorists