Update: Barney Davis died of his injuries overnight Sunday.
Barney Davis, a 56-year-old resident of Palm Coast, is in critical condition following a Friday evening motorcycle crash involving a van on Seminole Woods Boulevard near the RaceTrac gas station.
Davis was riding his Harley-Davidson south on Seminole Woods. Pavel Voloshin, 29, of Palm Coast, was driving a 2014 Nissan van north on Seminole Woods at 8:20 p.m. Voloshin sought to make a left turn to take Pinnacle Drive, a street that connects to the RaceTrac gas station. According to a Florida Highway Patrol investigator at the scene, Voloshin did not see Davis on his motorcycle, and violated his right of way as he crossed the southbound lanes of Seminole Woods.
There never was contact between the van and the motorcycle. But Davis, apparently taking quick evasive action to avoid a collision, either lost control of the motorcycle or attempted to lay it down, overturned, and was ejected, crashing onto the pavement without a helmet.
Davis, a machinist at an Ormond Beach company, registered a 3 on the Glasgow Coma Scale when paramedics evaluated him immediately after the crash. A 3 is the lowest possible score on the 15-point scale, with 15 being conscious, walking and alert, and 3 being unresponsive, if still breathing. He was transported by Flagler County Fire Rescue ambulance to Halifax hospital in Daytona Beach.
Voloshin’s van was intact. He parked it at the south end of the RaceTrac station and awaited instructions, gave his statements, and observed, as authorities went about investigating the crash. A couple in a truck bearing the markings of a glass company from Bunnell had also stopped and provided witness statements.
Seminole Woods Boulevard’s south lanes were reduced to one during the investigation. The northbound lanes were not impeded. The Flagler County Sheriff’s office was first on scene. The Palm Coast Fire Department and Flagler County Fire Rescue responded along with FHP, and the Palm Coast Fire Police regulated traffic.
FHP ruled the crash not alcohol-related. Charges are pending, however. Typically in right-of-way violations, the violator faces a negligent or reckless driving citation, assuming the crash does not result in consequences worse than injuries to another person.
Palm Coast’s and Flagler’s roads have been taking a particularly heavy toll this year, with fatalities topping 30 and injuries in the hundreds.