30-Year-Old Biker Travis Staub Critical In Head-On Collision With Car on Rymfire in Palm Coast
FlaglerLive | March 9, 2017
Last Updated: Friday, 10:59 a.m.
Travis Staub, 30, was riding his motorcycle when he was critically injured in a head-on collision with a car on Rymfire Drive in Palm Coast this evening (March 9).
The crash took place at 6:30 p.m. about halfway between the two intersections with Rymfire of Rae Drive, which makes a large northern loop into the R-Section. Rymfire curves slightly where the crash occurred.
Indications from the scene are that the Staub, who was riding west, failed to negotiate the curve and crashed into the oncoming, eastbound car, a Hyundai, having crossed significantly into the oncoming lane. Rymfire is a two-lane road at that point. The eastbound car, well in its lane, was not near the center line, but rather hugging the white shoulder line.
Patricia Mon, 60, was at the wheel of the eastbound car, a 2012 Hyundai.
The full-force crash resulted in Staub being amputated at the ankle when, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report, Staub at the last moment try to avert the crash by suddenly steering right, causing the front of the Hyundai to strike the side of his motorcycle–and his left leg.
Capt. Kyle Berryhill, in command at the scene for the Palm Coast Fire Department, confirmed the extent of the injury. Staub was initially going to be flown to a trauma center, likely Halifax hospital in Daytona Beach. But he could not be stabilized and was taken to Florida Hospital Flagler to be stabilized there before being flown to a trauma center. His Glasgow Coma Scale registered a 3 at the scene, the lowest on the 15-point scale used to evaluate patients at the scene of traumatic incidents. It essentially means he was not responsive.
Mon was taken to Florida Hospital Flagler.
Rymfire was closed to traffic between the two intersections with Rae Drive, with the Palm Coast Fire Police, as always, regulating traffic. Flagler County Fire Rescue also responded, as did the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, which was first on scene. The investigation was expected to be turned over to the Florida Highway Patrol, and the road was expected to remain closed possibly for a few hours. (The scene cleared at about 8:30 p.m.)
911 dispatch notes obtained Friday morning indicate the crash was reported at 6:28 p.m., that the victim was not breathing after the crash and wore no helmet. The driver of the car was “bleeding from her face.” The amputation was reported as affecting the left leg below the knee, with a “partial amputation” of the right leg, which was “severely disfigured.” Tourniquets were applied to both legs by a sheriff’s deputy. The deputies who tended to the patient before paramedics arrived were Marcus Dawson and Daniel Malta.
As of late Friday morning, the Florida Highway Patrol had yet to issue a report on the crash, and had not respond to a written inquiry requesting the identities of those involved. It finally issued a report after the third request, four days later, on March 13.
Rescuers were bracing for Bike Week, which was not to start officially until March 10.