Monday, April 14, 2014

Motorcyclist Dead After Crash On Curve

BONITA BEACH, FL. -- Douglas Friend, 45 of Bonita Beach died in a motorcycle crash Sunday afternoon about 1:58 p.m. while negotiating a curve on Bonita Beach Road.

The motorcycle, a 2014 Harley Davison FLHX Gladiator, was traveling westbound on the inside lane of CR 865 (Bonita Beach Road) west of Barefoot Beach Road, approaching a curvature to the right in the roadway. 

For unknown reasons, the driver failed to negotiate the curve and the cycle began traveling in a northwest direction as the roadway curved north. 

Subsequently, it collided with the median curb and traveled through the median and continued traveling in a northwest direction, then traveled through both lanes of eastbound CR 865. 

It then collided with the outside curb of eastbound CR 865, continued traveling northwest, then collided with a fence and a tree. The motorcycle came to rest against a bench facing northwest in the grassy ditch of CR 865, according to FHP Trooper Danny Diaz and homicide investigator Corporal Juan Quintana.

Friend was not wearing a helmet and the FHP says it is unknown if alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

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