On Thursday, August 15th, a St. Petersburg man suffered life-threatening
injuries after his motorcycle collided with another vehicle. The
motorcycle crash occurred when a vehicle pulled into the path of 35-year-old Christopher
Sawyer as he was riding along the 7900 Block of Dr. Martin Luther King
According to official police accident reports, Sawyer was riding his 2011
Honda motorcycle just before 3:30pm. A Honda Sedan pulled out of a parking
lot directly into the path of Sawyer’s motorcycle. Sawyer struck
the Sedan and was thrown over the handlebars of his motorcycle. He was
flung across the car’s windshield and landed on the paved road below.
Sawyer was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and was transported
by ambulance to Bayfront Medical Center and treated for serious injuries.
Hospital personnel believe that Sawyer, though seriously injured, was
still alive because he was wearing a helmet.
The Honda Sedan was occupied by its driver along with two passengers. The
vehicle occupants were also transported to Bayfront Medical Center where
they were each treated for minor, non-life threatening injuries. Accident
data does not indicate any involvement of alcohol in the accident.
Studies show that a motorcycle rider is 30 times more likely to experience
a fatal accident, per mile, when compared with a driver in a car. Helmets
have been proven to reduce the probability of death in a motorcycle crash
by at least 40%.
With that said, we urge all motorcycle riders to adhere to the appropriate
precautionary measures while on the roadways.