Motorcyclist Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident in Manatee, Florida
MANATEE, FL – A motorcyclist was killed in a 16 single-vehicle accident in Manatee, Florida, according to an online news report from bradenton.com. The motorcyclist has been identified as a 37-year-old man from Bradenton, Florida.*
37-year-old Peter Nicholas Peltier, of Bradenton, was riding a motorcycle northbound on Charleston Street in Manatee. He came upon a right curve in the roadway and failed to maintain control of the motorcycle, leaving the roadway and traveling into a grass shoulder. The motorcycle then crossed Ashley Circle and traveled into another grass shoulder.
At some point, according to Florida Highway Patrol, the motorcycle hit a curb, and Peltier was thrown off. Peltier died at the scene. It is not yet clear what caused him to lose control of the motorcycle. Troopers are still investigating and have not yet released additional information about the accident.
In Georgia, according to data from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, more than 10 percent of all traffic fatalities involve motorcyclists. In 2016, approximately 173 motorcyclists died in motor vehicle accidents, which represented a 26 percent increase in motorcyclist fatalities since 2014.
Lack of helmets is a continuing problem, according to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, with incidents involving motorcyclists without helmets on the rise since 2013. In 2016, an estimated 10 motorcyclist fatalities involved un-helmeted riders. However, the number of un-helmeted riders seemed to decline after 2016.
In 2017, 209 motorcyclists were killed in vehicle crashes, and data indicate 3 percent of those people were not wearing helmets. So far in 2018, the Office reports 264 people have died in motorcycle accidents in Georgia, three of whom were not wearing helmets.
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