Bike-vs-Car Wreck on A1A in Flagler Beach Is 2nd Trauma Airlift in 24 Hours
FlaglerLive | October 21, 2012
It happened Sunday almost at the same time as it did Saturday, and in virtually the same fashion. Only the location was different: A car was making a turn from a main highway onto a side road, its driver mis-judged or did not see the approach of an oncoming motorcyclist. The motorcyclist–Alan Taylor, 53, of Newport Beach, Calif.–slammed into the car, and was evacuated by air to Halifax hospital. He is expected to survive.
Sunday’s wreck took place at about 12:45 p.m. at the intersection of South A1A and Club House Drive, by the Ocean View condominiums. Robert Minahan, an 80-year-old driver at the wheel of a Taurus-like, gray Ford 500, was driving north on A1A, with 49-year-old Joanne Taratino of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., as his passenger. He was to make a turn, left, onto Club House Drive.
“I was turning in here,” Minahan said, not long after the wreck, as he stood at a corner of the intersection, waiting for the Florida Highway Patrol to arrive, “he looked like he was far enough down there, then I saw him sliding into me.”
Neither Minahan nor Taratino were injured.
Taylor suffered multiple fractures to the legs, and also had facial injuries. He was flown to Halifax by Flagler County Fire Flight, which had landed on A1A. The highway was closed shortly after the wreck from the Flagler Beach water tower down to Club House Drive. Fire Flight took off just after 1 p.m. A1A was set to reopen just after 1:30 p.m.
“At this point, no signs of impairment and nothing criminal,” the Florida Highway Patrol investigator said, remarking on the similarities with Saturday’s wreck.
On Saturday, an almost identical wreck took place on Old Dixie Highway South, also requiring the biker’s evacuation to Halifax by Fire Flight.
The wreck on A1A left the bike near the Taurus in the center of the highway as an FHP investigator and, earlier, the Flagler Beach Fire Department and Flagler County Fire Rescue worked the scene. The Flagler Beach Fire Police and the Flagler Beach Police Department provided traffic control.
Taylor was not wearing a helmet, according to preliminary findings at the scene. Minahan is facing a charge of violation of right of way and improper left turn, and will have a mandatory court appearance because of the involvement of injuries in the crash.