Flagler Roads Claim First Biketoberfest Trauma Victim as Car Cuts Off Rider on Old Dixie
FlaglerLive | October 20, 2012
On a radiant day busy with Biketoberfest riders crisscrossing Flagler County roads in virtually every direction, a 58-year-old man from Florida became the county’s first trauma-alert victim a little after 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Oct. 20) when his right-of-way was cut off by a driver who didn’t see him. The victim suffered violent injuries, particularly to his legs, but is expected to survive.
A 2-year-old child was in the car, and sustained minor injuries.
The wreck took place in front of 503 South Old Dixie Highway, a few hundred yards east of the White Eagle bar. Christina Brennan, 20, of Palm Coast, was driving a white 2012 Kia Forte east on Old Dixie. The motorcyclist, Cecil Johns, 58, of Hawthorne, Fla., was on a Harley Davidson FLH, traveling west. No speed was involved. Brennan, a Florida Highway Patrol investigator at the scene said after speaking with her, didn’t see the oncoming motorcyclist. She slowed down to make a turn onto the driveway of the property at 503 Old Dixie Highway.
As Brennan made the turn, Johns slammed hard into the passenger side of the Kia, literally ripping a deep laceration into the body of the car and throwing the rider from his motorcycle, and over the Kia. Johns suffered multiple fractures in the leg, or the legs, with open wounds that led to severe bleeding that pooled in two places near the motorcycle. He also suffered lacerations to the face, authorities said. He had initially lost consciousness, but was conscious and aware of his whereabouts as Flagler County Fire Rescue paramedics worked with him. He was evacuated to Halifax hospital in Daytona Beach. Johns was wearing a helmet.
Brennan had minor injuries, and was at the scene, speaking to authorities. “Nothing criminal at this point, no sign of impairment,” the FHP investigator said. A citation is possible, however, if the driver is found to have cut off the rider’s right-of-way.
Old Dixie Highway South was closed in both directions from the road’s intersection with U.S. 1, at the White Eagle, to just past County Road 335, after 11:15 a.m., for a little over an hour, as crews worked the scene. The Flagler Beach Fire Police provided traffic control.
Biketoberfest began officially on Oct. 18 and runs through Oct. 21, drawing tens of thousands of motorcyclists to Daytona Beach. Riders have increasingly been fanning out to neighboring counties during Biketoberfest and Bike Week. At least two wrecks involving motorcyclists had taken place in Flagler County in the 24 hours before today’s wreck on Old Dixie, but neither were as serious.