Motorcyclist Seth Howard Sistrunk of East Palatka was killed Saturday afternoon (June 11) by a pick-up truck as the motorcyclist was attempting to pass the truck in a no-passing zone on State Road 100. The wreck took place just after 2 p.m.
It is at least the fourth serious wreck and the third fatality in three years at that intersection, not including a wreck where a horse was killed in 2013.
Sistrunk, 67, was riding alone, westbound on State 100, behind a pick-up truck hauling a 16-foot trailer that belongs to Hammock Property Maintenance (the company has been inactive since 2013, according to the Florida Division of Corporations).
According to Florida Highway Patrol investigators at the scene, the pick-up, driven by Brian C. Guidry, 27, of Palm Coast, with passenger Shawn A. Ferris, 24, slowed down to make a left turn onto County Road 305. State Road 100 is a no-passing zone at that westbound segment. Sistrunk, however, attempted to pass the truck, and instead apparently struck it first on the truck’s rear left before getting partly dragged under the front of the truck.
Sistrunk was ejected into the ditch on the west side of County Road 305. Portions of the motorcycle ended up beneath the trailer.
Two helmets were spotted at the scene, but neither one on Sistrunk after the crash. It was originally unclear whether the motorcyclist was wearing one of the helmets. A release issued by FHP in early evening indicated that he was not wearing one.
Neither Guidry nor Ferris, who were aboard a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado, were hurt, though one of them was visibly shaken by the wreck.
Road conditions were normal at the time of the wreck–dry, bright, under partly cloudy skies–and the stretch of road at that intersection is relatively straight.
Flagler County Fire Rescue responded to the crash, but the response proved unnecessary. The Florida Highway Patrol is continuing the investigation, which required traffic on State Road 100 to be reduced to one lane, and County Road 305 to be closed entirely to traffic from County Road 302 to State Road 100. The Palm Coast Fire Police provided traffic control.
The intersection has a treacherous traffic history. A year ago four people were hospitalized in a two-vehicle wreck there, in an almost identical replica of today’s wreck: both vehicles were heading west, one of them slowed to make a left onto CR305, the other tried to pass it and instead slammed into it. In October 2014, two women were killed and two injured in a three-car wreck at the intersection. Jody Allen Hyde, now 28, was subsequently charged with two felony counts of DUI manslaughter, among other charges. He had plowed into the victims’ car, catapulting it in the way of an oncoming car. In 2013, a pick-up truck trailing a horse-trailer collided with an armored truck, killing the horse, injuring two people and overturning the pick-up truck.
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