On New Year’s Day, a motorcyclist lost his life after colliding with
an automobile in the town of Nokomis, Florida. According to Florida Highway
Patrol, the crash occurred when a car pulled out in front of the motorcycle
right around 5:35pm.
Troopers reported a man from Venice, 52-year-old David Yarzab, was riding
his Harley Davidson southbound on U.S. 41 nearing the Waterfront Too restaurant
close to Lychee Road. The accident report stated a sedan driven by 85-year-old
Polley Lawrence of Sarasota pulled into Yarzab’s path. The elderly
driver was apparently exiting the restaurant’s parking lot as her
vehicle crossed in front of the Harley Davidson. With little time to react,
Yarzab collided with the left side of the car.
The motorcyclist was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, where doctors
pronounced him dead from his injuries. Yarzab was known in the local area
as the Club Manager at the Venice Yacht Club.
There were no injuries to the driver. Lawrence received a traffic citation
for Violation of Right of Way. It was not made clear whether Yarzab was
wearing a helmet. No further details were made available by FHP.
- Per mile, a motorcycle rider has a mortality rate 30 times higher than
a driver in a car or truck.
- Wearing a helmet reduces a rider’s chances of death in an accident
by nearly 40%.
- Over 75% of accidents between cars and motorcycles involve a driver who
turns left or pulls out into the path of an oncoming motorcycle.