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 Jr. Street.
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.