May 30, 2017

Land O Lakes Motorcycle Accident

Land O’ Lakes motorcyclist killed in crash

On Thursday, October 17th, a local resident from Land O’Lakes died from serious injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident. According to an accident report filed by the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the man crashed his motorcycle into the back of an automobile stopped at a red light.

Kevin Dean Slaunwhite, 51, was riding his Honda motorcycle in the westbound lane of State Road 52, just east of Paradise Point Way, according to Florida Highway Patrol information. Ahead of Slaunwhite in the same lane was Kelly Watts, 49, and Sidney Curry, 29, both from New York. Their vehicle, a Ford Taurus sedan, had stopped at a red light.

According to the accident report, Slaunwhite failed to stop and his motorcycle collided with the back of the Ford Taurus.  Slaunwhite was ejected and landed in the center median. The crash caused serious damage and Slaunwhite died on the scene from his injuries. Emergency response units confirmed the rider had passed within a few minutes of being thrown to the ground.

The accident report also indicated Slaunwhite was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. No word was provided on any injuries to the vehicle occupants and it was not confirmed whether alcohol, excessive speed, or any other primary factors contributed to the fatal crash.

According to recent statistics, approximately 49% of licensed motorcycle riders in the state of Florida elect to wear helmets at all times, though state law does not require it.

Reference:

Tampa Bay Times – http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/accidents/land-olakes-man-killed-in-motorcycle-crash/2147748

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