Gregory Daniel Fagas, a 40-year-old motorcyclist from Palm Coast, was killed, and Nacomi Marie Campbell, 27, was flown to a hospital in critical condition following a single-motorcycle wreck on Belle Terre Parkway, directly across from Belle Terre Elementary school, Saturday evening. Dusk was just giving way to night and neighborhood fireworks were beginning to flash in the sky near the scene of the crash.
The wreck took place in the northbound lanes of Belle Terre Parkway at 8:15 p.m., just north of Bird of Paradise Drive. Both motorcyclists were thrown from the Honda onto a sidewalk, by a light pole, about 50 feet from a ditch, where the motorcycle, tumbling north, ended up, out of view of the roadway. An FHP investigator at the scene said the reason the motorcycle lost control and drifter northeast is unknown for now.
The motorcycle appears to have struck the curb, throwing its occupants. Fagas occupant then struck a metal school crossing sign, shearing it off from the base, the FHP investigator said, before striking the concrete utility pole. He was killed at the scene.
Trauma One out of Jacksonville, the emergency helicopter usually stationed in St. Augustine, was called in and flew off from the scene at around 8:45 p.m. Campbell was flown to Halifax hospital in Daytona Beach, the FHP investigator said.
“We did not find any helmets,” the investigator said.
There was no debris in the road or any visible signs of a wreck. Belle Terre Parkway’s northbound lanes were shut down at Bird of Paradise. Roads are normally closed when a fatality takes place as FHP investigators work the scene.
The Palm Coast Fire Department, Flagler County Fire Rescue and the Palm Coast Fire Police responded. The deceased was removed by the medical examiner at 10 p.m. The road remained closed until about 11:30 p.m., by which time Saxon’s wrecking from Bunnell had removed the motorcycle.
That accident happened just behind our house. Our house is separated from BT Parkway by about 25 feet of bush/trees. We did not hear the accident but heard the sirens of first responders. We also saw the chopper fly in, land, then leave shortly afterwoods. I know the sidewalk and lighting well as we walk up and down it all the time. There were a lot of police and EMS vehicles on the scene and are even still there at this hour (11.30 pm). RIP to the first victim and pray the second victim makes it.
We were just turning off Burroughs onto Belle Terre. We saw the motorcycle coming north at a high speed with his light on. Suddenly no light and smoke at the fence. We turned around. We saw the guy wrapped around the light pole. He was gone. We heard the female calling for help. We made the call to 911 and waited for emergency to arrive. It was horrible. I couldn’t sleep last night. Visions of him around the pole and her leg split open are something I hope to never experience again.
I’m so sorry you had to witness this tragedy. I can’t even imagine the images stuck in your head. Thank you for stopping and calling for help. Although it was too late for Greg, it may have helped save his passenger’s life.
Thank you again!
I am so sorry for your family. We knew something was wrong when we didn’t see his light any more.
My heart is broken in a million pieces! My brother is gone and these images are now stuck in my head forever. I pray he felt no pain and that his passenger heals quickly. So many people loved him. Until we meet again….I love you.
Good thing you were there at the right place and time, Dee. Hopefully your efforts saved a life.
Becky, I’m so sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and your family.
Sorry about your loss, Becky. My thoughts n prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Becky, I am sorry for the loss of your brother. Prayers to you and your family as well as to the female passenger
Lynda Troina says
Becky my sincere condolences to you and your family. My heart breaks for all. May god bless you and keep you strong. RIP
Becky I m very sorry for you tragic loss.
Sorry for your loss Becky. My heart aches for you and your family. I lost my brother in 2008 and it is not easy to take on the grief by yourself. Keep praying, God really is the only one that can bring you any sort of comfort.
Howard Duley says
God, I feel so sad about this tragedy. I rode at night for many years to clear my brain in NH. The only bike with enough head light power was the big Harley’s with triple beams. The Jap bikes just don’t have enough headlight. Becky, lets hope time can help lessen your loss. My wife lost her 29 year old son to a plane crash and she has finally come to terms with it.
He was a great guy! This is so sad! What a tragedy!
Thank.you so much for the person who stopped!! Becky, it’s me, Jessie (Greg and Jamie’s old friend). I just found out at 700 this morning (st Louis time) I’ve been thinking of you and your mom all day.
I’m praying for you all and I’m heading down to Palm Coast in a few days.
Jessie! I still can’t believe it is real. My Mom is an absolute wreck and I’m praying her health can handle a tragedy of this magnitude. I will see you in Palm Coast!
Praying for Greg’s California family too!! CARLO, TRACY…. Lots of prayers for Jamie and Dyllan too ♡♡♡♡
Thank you for all of the thoughts and prayers. Anyone that knew Greg isn’t not surprised by him going out with a bang….literally! That is the only thing getting me through see the first picture in this article. That and knowing he didn’t have time to suffer.
Thanks again for keeping his wife, son and family in your prayers.
Cheyenne Shover says
We knew Greg and Jaimie 2 Amazing people who Deeply LOVED there son dylan…..Im SO Sorry to the Family and Dylan….May God Bless this Family ,…..With Love and Respect Cheyenne Nicole Joey and Dakota Joey works with Dylan
Greg was always a very nice guy! My husband and I both have rode with him many times. He will be missed!!
greg was loved by many and a nice guy that if u needed something fixed help with anything he was the go to guys. Every year he would do for the kids on the 4th and light up the b section and this year nothing changed. Thank u for all u have done and we lost a great man. Everyone will miss u but believe me ur spirit will live on forever….
Lisa Fiske says
We lost some one very special and He would be Happy to know that Jami and her family still lit up the B section in his memory THANK YOU Greg For being who you are <3
Lisa Fiske says
Love you Greg
Lisa Fiske says
I feel the same way and at a loss for words
I have known Greg and his family for over 10 years. He was an amazing guy and an awesome friend, you were never without a smile in his presence. He loved his Wife and son more than you could imagine. Heaven gained an Angel for sure <3
I have known Greg and his family for over 10 years. He was a great family man and an amazing friend, You were never without a smile in his presence. Heaven gained an Angel for sure <3 We love you Greg
So sorry for all of your loss he was a great guy and always smiling. Hope there will be a public announcement for arrangements so many of us will attend. My prayers are with you and your family during this tragic loss another angel earned his wings.
Greg was my best friend for 11years and still cannot believe he is gone. Jamie and Dylan I am for you a part of the family. Greg you’re in heaven and you are the brightest star in the sky! I love ya brother forever!!
I worked with Greg for a few years, he was always the kind of guy who would do anything for anyone. Greg and I bought our IROC camaros around the same time, such a loss for all who knew him personally and professionally… Greg you will be missed bud
I had the pleasure to work with Greg for a short time. He will be missed by many. Condolences to all of his family and friends.
Great friend of over 20 years, Jamie also he will be missed by many such a tragic loss… I love you brother…..
I am deeply sorry to hear about the passing of Greg. He was a stand-up dude who always was willing to carry on a conversation with a total stranger. He had a big heart and was a wonderful person all around.
Thanks Greg for showing me how to finely tune that sweet Cobra… You will be missed my friend! One day we will all ride again.
Those great memories will make it all easier with time.