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Motorcycle and Pinellas County Deputy’s Vehicle Collide Injuring Two

May 20, 2020

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH, FL- The writes that a crash took place in Pinellas County this week between a police car and a motorcycle. The incident occurred at the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Gulf Boulevard in the late evening. The officer was driving in a 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe and heading southbound on Gulf Boulevard when he began to make a left turn into the eastbound lanes of Fourth Avenue. Reports indicate that the officer was planning to stop two vehicles that had turned ahead of him.*

Unfortunately, the officer turned into the path of an oncoming 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle that was traveling northbound on Gulf Boulevard. The motorcycle collided with the side of the police vehicle, and the driver and a passenger on the motorcycle were both injured in the impact. The man who was operating the motorcycle was identified as a 51-year-old from St. Petersburg. The woman on the back of the vehicle was a 51-year-old woman from Indian Rocks Beach. Neither of the motorcyclists’ injuries is considered life-threatening.The 23-year-old officer did not sustain injuries in the crash. According to the investigating deputies, impairment and speed do not seem to have been factors in the accident. The investigation into the incident is still ongoing. 

Motorcycles present certain risks to riders because they offer less stability and protection that would be afforded by a four-wheel vehicle. 

Studies indicate that wearing a helmet is one of the best ways to lower the risks presented by using a motorcycle. A helmet lowers a motorcyclist’s risk of being killed in a crash by about 37 percent. Helmets are even more effective when it comes to reducing a rider’s risk of traumatic brain injuries.

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