PORT CHARLOTTE, FL. -- Bethany Catherman, 63, of Fort Myers was killed Saturday at 1:36 p.m. after a motorist attempted a left turn and hit her motorcycle.
A 1995 Toyota Celica driven by 27-year old Andrew Pineda of Port Charlotte was traveling south on CR-765 (Burnt Store Road) approaching Cape Horn Boulevard as a 2008 Honda Shadow driven by a Catherman was traveling north on CR-765 (Burnt Store Road) approaching Cape Horn Boulevard.
Pineda attempted to initiate a left turn onto Cape Horn Boulevard but failed to notice the cycle approaching. As a result the motorcyclist attempted to avoid collision with the car by steering right, but lost control and the motorcycle slid on the roadway on its right side and into the path of the car.
The front of the car then collided with the motorcycle and came to final rest within the intersection on northeast side of Burnt Store Rd, along with the motorcycle. The cyclist came to final rest partially underneath the car. The roadway was closed for 3 hours for investigation.
Pindeda had minor injuries and was cited for failing to yield on a left turn. The name of the motorcyclist was originally withheld pending notification of next of kin.