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Tyler Scott Van Balvern, 21, Victim of Fourth Motorcycle Fatality in 7 Weeks On Flagler Roads

| September 25, 2012

The fatal wreck took place almost across from  the Black Cloud Saloon on U.S.1, south of Royal Palms Parkway. Click on the image for larger view.

The fatal wreck took place almost across from the Black Cloud Saloon on U.S.1, south of Royal Palms Parkway. Click on the image for larger view.

Last Updated: Sept. 25

Much is still unknown, or unconfirmed, about the latest road fatality in Flagler County. But on Tuesday, Sept. 25, the Florida Highway Patrol identified the victim as Tyler Scott Van Balvern, 21.

This much is known: around 9:30 Sunday morning (Sept. 23), a man noticed a body in a ditch on the east side of U.S. 1, just north of the Black Cloud Saloon, and some 1,500 feet south of Royal Palms Parkway. It’s not known how long the man, who was in his early 20s, had been dead. When the Florida Highway Patrol investigated the scene, a motorcycle was found almost 40 feet inside the woodline. It would not have been visible to any passers-by. Its lights had been torn off by the force of the wreck.

Van Blavern was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics at 9:50 this morning. The wreck could have happened the evening before or any time during the night, authorities said. An autopsy is being performed on Monday in St. Johns County.

Van Blavern was not wearing a helmet. According to a preliminary investigation, he was traveling faster than the speed limit–but again, how much faster has not been determined. He was traveling north on U.S. 1. He failed to negotiate the curve across the street from the Atlantis strip mall, and headed into the side ditch, for unknown reasons. He was ejected. The motorcycle kept traveling into the woods.

The motorcycle was removed from the scene by John’s Towing just after 1 p.m.

U.S. 1 has been the scene of two other fatalities since Labor Day. That afternoon,  John Melvin, 56, of Bunnell, was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle south of Bunnell. John Michael Robinson, 33, of Palm Coast, was killed in a motorcycle wreck half a mile north of Kankakee Trail. And on On Aug. 1, Pedro Riera, 48, of Palm Coast, was killed when he struck a car with his Harley Davidson on White View Parkway in Palm Coast. Only Riera’s fatality involved another vehicle.

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34 Responses for “Tyler Scott Van Balvern, 21, Victim of Fourth Motorcycle Fatality in 7 Weeks On Flagler Roads”

  1. Geezer says:

    This is the reality of life, joy and sadness.
    “In every life some rain must fall.”

    RIP Tyler. You were too young to depart from this life.

    May Tyler’s friends and family find strength during this terrible time.
    I now that I am not alone expressing my deepest sympathies.


    • Tammi says:

      Tyler is my nephew , my sister is his mother. I would like to thank the ones who have left kind comments.
      Accidents happen, that’s why they are called accidents. Tyler’s family and friends are very distraught over his death. Please do not leave any negative comments . I know that he is in a much better place now, but do you think he was ready to leave here? He was only 21.


  2. Lou Reis says:

    this is not cool


  3. BeachGuy says:

    I understand the “helmets may break necks” argument, but seatbelts may pin you in the car, unable to escape a fiery crash, or being crushed. So, if I want to go without wearing a seatbelt because I feel I’d be better off if I was actually thrown from the car….then I should be entitled to do so, especially if bikers can ride without a helmet because they feel it is safer.


  4. Gina Juarez says:

    rest in peace Tyler, you will be missed and always loved, cousin


  5. Katie says:

    Tyler was a wonderful person and leaves behind so many people that love him. This is a tragic accident and it saddens me to read most of the comments on this page. Most of you clearly have no compassion and no clue… it is amazing that this young man lost his life and all you can do is talk poorly of motorcycle riders. Tyler will be missed so much, he had a huge heart and a smile that would light up any room. My prayers go out to all of his family and friends. RIP Tyler


  6. Lisa Van Balveren Hudson says:

    Tyler was, is, my son. It has taken me a week to come back to this article out of fear of re-reading what we already know, and saw at the scene. But I was pulled back here… and
    First….. I would like to thank those of you who have offered your condolences, prayers, thoughts, etc. to our family during this time. I don’t think there are enough words to describe what I, among the rest of us, are going through right now. So for your thoughts, I, we, thank you.
    Second….. Some of your comments are a bit, if not outright, inconsiderate. I’m sure there are many other places online to share your thoughts on bikers, irresponsible drivers, etc. But where there was a loss of life, my son’s life, and three others just in this area, this wasn’t the place to do it. My son sometimes wore a helmet, he was on a harley, owned a crotchrocket, he was not wearing a helmet in this crash that killed him, nor would a helmet have saved his life. His neck and back were broken upon impact. That was the cause of death. I worked for an insurance company for 23 years and saw my fair share of accident fatalities. So while I agree that helmets DO save lives, one would not have saved Tyler’s life. And while my husband also owns a touring bike, is a responsible rider, he will not get on it without a helmet, nor would he ever let anyone else on it without one.

    and finally….. to the other families who may have read this article — who lost their loved one in one of the other accidents….. Bless your hearts, I am feeling your pain. I am so sorry for your losses. I am numb, sad, devastated, and angry. I have only 21 years of memories with my son, though he is in my heart, he will no longer be in my arms. I cannot hold him, touch him, or speak to him, in the physical sense.

    Bless you Tyler, I love you. I miss you. And I wish you all the best on this, your next journey, as you fly up high soaring in the clouds with your hawks…… Be well my son.


  7. Sad says:

    I think of Tyler everyday. I had seen him once before and he introduced himself to me, as Hands, on the night he passed. Before he left, he came up and gave me a hug. He was so sweet. I told him the same thing I tell every biker….RIDE SAFE. My husband is an avid biker and I pray for his safety always. My heart goes out to you Lisa. Tyler was a sweet boy and I only wish I knew him better.


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