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Flagler Roads Claim First Biketoberfest Trauma Victim as Car Cuts Off Rider on Old Dixie

| October 20, 2012

Flagler County Fire Flight moments before it took off from its landing zone. on Old Dixie Highway South, with the 47-year-old victim aboard. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

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.

The victim’s leg injuries caused blood loss. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

The laceration the collision caused, on the passenger side of the Kia. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

The wreck took place at as the Kia was making a turn into the driveway at 503 South Old Dixie. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

The driver of the Kia explaining the sequence of events to the Florida Highway Patrol investigator. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

Flagler County Fire Flight just after take-off, with the victim. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

The rider’s boots, left at the scene. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

The crash location marked by A. Click on the map for larger view.

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34 Responses for “Flagler Roads Claim First Biketoberfest Trauma Victim as Car Cuts Off Rider on Old Dixie”

  1. Clint says:

    I’ll take the motorcycles over the spandex people and their bicycles any day of the year. The roads have become a TOTAL FREE for ALL. There is NEVER any cops pulling people over for..driving to fast, failure to yield right of way, 3 or 4 abreast in bicycle lane, tailgating, road rage, throwing cigarettes out of their windows or trash, disrespect for ANY and ALL stops signs, yield signs, slow down signs. Next vehicle I buy will be a TANK !


  2. JL says:

    Personally, I would like to know what the woman’s story is before passing blame. I see the house she pulled into is right by an intersection of another street. Could he have come barrelling around the corner fast? Who knows. But it’s not right to pass blame on either until the whole story comes out. Yes, drivers need to watch out for bikers, but bikers need to watch out too. There are too many bikers giving them all a bad rap because they weave in and out of traffic, drive way too fast, on the shoulder, or where ever they want because they can. I know not all drive that way, but too many do. We should all be watching out for everything. Period. That’s our duty when we get behind the wheel, whether it’s 4 wheels or two.
    I hope the biker has a full recovery and everyone’s ok. God Bless!


  3. Jess says:

    “No speed was involved’
    “Nothing criminal at this point, no sign of impairment,”
    They also say the car may have cut off the biker’s right of way.
    Most accidents that happen involving motorcycles are not the fault of the bikers. Of course this woman didn’t MEAN to cause it, and she didn’t PLAN on causing it, but she caused it and is not denying the fact.
    Shit like this happens all the time, and blaming the victims isn’t helpful in the least.
    People just don’t pay attention. The woman in question has probably never been on a motorcycle, and doesn’t know well enough to watch for them, and has never been able to experience the reaction time the bikes have. I believe that has a lot to do with it.


  4. InkslingerJax says:

    Cecil is my Brother in Law. He HAD NOT been drinking, he was on his way to eat breakfast with his wife. According to witnesses that were virtually several vehicles behind him and going to the same place, he had no time to react. He has twenty years experience riding, I’ve been riding for forty, have gone through 3 motorcycle safety courses. From the photos and witnesses this was unavoidable to anyone riding with no experience or 60 years and every safety course imagineable. GRANTED there are idiots riding Harleys, but thers just as many on crotch rockets, bicycles and in cars. Cecil’s pretty F’d up but he’ll recover and ride again. To those of you here who have offered your wishes thank you from our family. To those who don’t ride and have put your 2 cents in, or have made disparing remarks about us, STFU.


    • Geezer says:

      Thank you for adding your eloquent comments, which add to the stereotyping of bikers.
      I have created a small glossary for readers perusing your comment–it follows:

      F’d up: injured, hurt, bruised, shaken, battered, broken. Can also mean drunk or high.
      STFU: please be quiet, refrain from speaking, close your mouth, be silent, and etc.

      May Cecil make a rapid recovery, and may everyone drive safely, with consideration for others.

      The doctor: That’s a good prescription for safety, Doctor.


  5. Edward says:

    Cecil was the brother of a very good family friend I hope he’s ok be strong and pull through this and before a driver in a car makes a turn look around and make sure the oath is clear!!


  6. InkslingerJax says:

    Cecil is my Brother in law, he has worked for the same company for twenty five years, has been riding for about 20 years, my wife (his sister) has worked for the same company for 32 years. I am a disabled Vietnam Veteran (US NAVY retired) with forty years of riding experience. He is very disciplined about wearing his helmet and not riding while under the influence, including not riding with those who may not be under the legal limit (.08 BAC). He is a Navy Veteran and is a father, married to a Navy radiologic technician. There are no skid marks at the accident scene, which to the uneducated means Cecil had no time to react to the scene unfolding in front of him. As a result of the ensuing crash he suffered compound fractures, a shattered patella, dislocated foot, shattered facial bones and a 3 pint blood loss. Placing blame is not my job, FHP will handle that. Cecil will be fine, he faces a long recovery and therapy.


    • heather person says:

      It is nice to hear that he will eventually be okay. Being retired military we know he is a strong person. Thank you again for an update.


  7. Cheryl Scott says:

    He stays here at Holiday Travel Park during Bike Events. He has a broken femur and some face lacerations, was being operated on this morning to fix his leg and face and expected to make a full recovery in time. Thanks for thinking about him.


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