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David Brown, 55, of Palm Coast, Killed in Motorcycle Wreck on Deadly Stretch of U.S. 1

| December 4, 2012

The motorcycle shot through the back of a camper parked 30 feet off the road and lodged itself inside. The victim was catapulted above the camper. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

Last Updated: 7:55 a.m.

David Brown, a 55-year-old Palm Coast resident, was killed at 10 p.m. Monday when he lost control of his motorcycle on a notoriously deadly curve on U.S. 1, just south of the intersection with Belle Terre Boulevard and north of County Road 304.

No other vehicles were involved, aside from the parked camper the motorcycle struck. The victim, failing to negotiate the curve–it is very dark at that point, and the moon hadn’t yet risen–swerved off the road, rode through grass and sand, hit a rut, and was catapulted almost 118 feet beyond that point, his body vaulting over a 30-foot camper parked well off the road. The motorcycle, a 2006 model 3072LD Harley Davidson, rammed into the back of the camper and sank several feet into it. It was unrecognizable, in a mess of twisted metals and the camper’s own materials. The camper had been parked there for sale, for a little over $3,000, according to an adjacent homeowner.

Brown had been riding south when he reached the stretch of U.S. 1 colloquially known as Dead Man’s Corner or Triple-A Curve: it’s been the scene of numerous fatalities over the years, including the June 2010 truck wreck that claimed the lives of Brandy Bennett and Amanda Copeland, both 19. Their memorial crosses were across the road from where the body of Monday night’s victim came to a rest, against a hedge.

Brown had not been wearing a helmet.

Several Florida Highway Patrol investigators, including a homicide investigator, were at the scene of the wreck, trying to reconstruct what had taken place. They had not determined why the victim swerved off the road, though speed may have been a factor. It was 182 feet from the point where Brown left the road, and the point at which the motorcycle struck the camper (which was well off the road, about 30 feet to the right of the white line, in the dirt). The motorcycle tumbled several times between those points, according to the FHP report.

Randy German, a 42-year-old property owner of the house that sits along the curve, deep behind a yard protected by several trees, heard the crash. “I was inside, I could hear him coming, I told the cops,” German said, “it sounded like two motorcycles to me, but he was–I could hear the RPMs, he was hitting the reds, wham whaam whaaam, and all of a sudden”–German makes crashing sounds–”I heard the big boom.”

German ran to the victim. “He had a light pulse,” he said, “but he passed away probably within five or seven minutes. There was another couple down there, they didn’t want to touch him. I’m kind of used to, you know–because I’m the one who found the other girl underneath the truck.” He was referring to the 2010 wreck, though he’s seen many others, and dozens of non-fatal wrecks. “We’ve seen them all, man,” he said. “When it’s a light rain, just sit on the porch with a glass of lemonade. You’ll see a crash.”

Monday night was dry and clear. Traffic was light.

Flagler County Fire Rescue responded to the call, and pronounced the man dead at the scene. The Palm Coast Fire Police closed one of the two southbound lanes as FHP investigators worked. Unites of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office also responded. John’s Towing was the tower on FHP’s rotation. The wrecker hauled the entire camper from the scene, and would only later extricate the motorcycle from its interior.

The motorcycle lodged itself well inside the camper. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

The camper was more than 30 feet off the road, parked there for sale. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

The camper. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

The victim came to rest behind the hedge to the left, 118 feet past the point where the motorcycle struck a rut and catapulted him above and beyond the camper. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

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35 Responses for “David Brown, 55, of Palm Coast, Killed in Motorcycle Wreck on Deadly Stretch of U.S. 1”

  1. Ben Dover says:

    My deepest sympathies to his family and friends , I hope God is with them through this holiday season , stay close to each other, it helps.


  2. GoodFella says:

    Helmets help but are not the only answer. Drivers need to pay more attention to bikers and bikers need to respect their rides. Ride the speed limit and pay attention. The only comment that bothered me was the drinking a glass of lemonaide and sitting on the porch bit. How rude to say that, mocking an accident is not right. The road is fine as long as you respect it.


  3. Jimmie and Willy says:

    David “Brownie” was a Dear Friend to all of us in Northern Indiana and will be missed so very much. We all loved him so much. You couldn’t have ever met such a nicer guy. Our hearts go out to his family, children, and girlfriend, who is also one of our dear friends. You people need to stop talking crap about helmets and speed limits and find your hearts! David “Brownie” might have exceded the speed limit and didn’t have a helmet on, but he is past! What is your problem?


  4. Teresa says:

    Drinking lemonade on the porch and watching accidents??? You should be ashamed of yourself for saying anything of that nature. Rest in peace uncle brownie. You were very loved. I’m so sorry Aunt Marnel. He loved you so much.


  5. Outsider says:

    My condolences to the family of this man. Yes, he may have been speeding. He was on a lonely road with no one else around; perhaps he was just having some fun, knowing he was endangering no one other than himself. It’s not right, of course, but sometimes we do that. Sometimes, after going to work everyday and taking care of my family, driving kids to school, running to the store and such, I just want to be a kid again and have a little fun. I will drive a little faster than I should out on a deserted road or highway just to let off a little steam. I don’t drink, do drugs, or commit crimes. So, maybe this man, after having completed all the tasks of being a father of grown children decided to enjoy himself, at his own peril. I get that part. Rest in peace, and may God comfort your family.


    • Nancy N. says:

      That’s a very self-centered attitude to take that you are only harming yourself if you “have a little fun” by driving at an unsafe speed.What about the loved ones you’ll leave behind if you kill yourself doing it? Is it no harm to them to lose someone they love?


  6. roy b says:

    im sorry for his loss. but helmets don’t safe your life when your flying 150 feet in there air landing in trees and the brush and what evber was in there 90% of motocycle accidents are caused by interrnal injuries. iv been riding seen i was 12 years old. wrecked two bikes my head was never hurt or touched. wearing a helmet is like putting hearing aid in your ear and blinders on a horse. so get off of the helmet law. helmets don’t safe lives. you can’t hear or see.


    • Widower says:

      I stronly disagree. It may not have helped in this case as he was thrown thru the air but helmets do save lives. You can see and you can hear. I’ve been on a motorcycle for 13 years. I’ve never had a problem seeing or hearing. My husband passed away from head injuries that he probably would have survived had he had his helmet on. We do have the right to make that choice for ourself but to say that helmets don’t save lives….go talk to a nurse.


  7. Rodneyb says:

    I have been a part of the Brown’s family for many years and Mr B has earned the right to have a little fun if he so felt like it I just ask all of you to please think how you would comment on this if it was your loved one. My best friend (Mr B’s son) has not seen this article and I hope he never does. So please show some respect for the family and Mr Brown. So RIP MR B I WILL MISS YOU


  8. The Love of My Life, David Brown, perished on that road that night, all the speculation and every bit of in-put and supposition that everyone has displayed..will NEVER change the outcome!! Did he have a heart attack?..was he speeding? Did a deer run out in front of him? WE don’t know? But knowing does not change the outcome!! I soooo wish I was on the back of that bike with him!!! Perfect ending!! NONE OF YOU REALIZE MY PAIN!!! And I also know none of you care..just had to post after seeing soo many insensitive comments!! Have another lemonade and wait for your next 10 minutes of fame!! He was the safest driver I know..and many friends who rode with him would validate that!! Speeding? I don’t think so, but unfortunately I wasn’t on the back of that bike..Teresa, thank you..I love you..and you know David loved you sweet-pea..and Rodney..I was.. and still am part of “Mr B’s” life..


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