Last Updated: Nov. 23
A motorcyclist was seriously injured in a crash with a vehicle at the intersection of Belle Terre Parkway and Royal Palms Parkway in Palm Coast in early evening Sunday.
The crash took place a little after 6 p.m., involving a Toyota Avalon and a Harley Davidson motorcycle. The motorcyclist, Anthony Michael Menard, 31, of Blyth Place in Palm Coast, was trauma-evacuated by Flagler County Fire Rescue ambulance to Halifax hospital in Daytona Beach. The driver, Steven Lopez, 33, and three passengers in the Toyota, who remained in the vehicle in the early part of the investigation, were not hurt.
The crash was caused by Lopez’s inattention and failure to yield the right of way to Menard, according to a Florida Highway Patrol investigation. Lopez was also driving on a suspended or revoked driver’s license and had no proof of insurance.
According to the FHP investigation, Lopez was driving west on Royal Palms Parkway. Menard was motorcycling east. Lopez was crossing Belle Terre to make a left turn to go south as Menard was going straight–and had the right of way. As Lopez turned left, the Toyota’s driver-side front crashed against Menard’s motorcycle. The motorcycle was catapulted past the road to just behind a guardrail into the southeast corner of the intersection. The Toyota stopped almost in the center of the intersection after the crash, facing southwest. The Toyota’s front driver-side was heavily damaged by the impact.
Another motorcycle, undamaged, was parked a few feet down from the crash site on the east side of Royal Palms–a witness or a companion rider with the victim.
Lopez had a green light, but no green arrow–meaning that he had to yield to oncoming traffic. Lopez told an investigator that he did not see Menard on his motorcycle coming his way. He was cited for driving on a revoked license, cited with a $166 ticket for failing to yield, and a $116 fine for failure to produce insurance.
“There was no one else identified as a patient at that scene,” Palm Coast Fire Department Battalion Chief Kyle Berryhill, who was at the scene shortly after the crash, said. Flagler County Rescue 92 and Palm Coast Fire Department Engine 25 were the responders. “They called a trauma alert very quickly, and they had him fully immobilized and in the back of a rescue so fast, which is one of the things we’re trying to do in a trauma situation,” Berryhill said.
The two northbound lanes on Belle Terre were reduced to one, backing up traffic at one point almost to Easthampton Boulevard. Southbound traffic was not hampered, nor was lighter traffic on Royal Palms. The Palm Coast Fire Police was regulating the flow. The scene was cleared shortly after 7:30 p.m.
The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, the Palm Coast Fire Department and Flagler County Fire Rescue responded ahead of FHP, which took over the investigation.