A bicycle accident has claimed the life of an outstanding 17 year old young man on Palm Valley Road. Christian Meier was struck by a Toyota Corolla as he crossed the road. Christian died from injuries sustained in the accident at Baptist Beaches Hospital. Christian Meier was a decorated member of the Navy Junior ROTC program at Nease High School. He had been selected to attend the NJROTC Leadership Academy. Sadly, his dreams of becoming a Navy pilot will never be realized. Christian's family, friends and classmates will no doubt miss this exceptional teenager.
Jacksonville and Northeast Florida motorcycle accidents are on the increase in May as we roll into "Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month" an annual campaign by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Joseph Canady of Orange Park was hit by a car on May 2, while riding his motorcycle, when a vehicle attempted to turn into the Walmart parking lot on Blanding Blvd. The driver of the car was not injured. Canady a 36 year old father of five was killed. In a separate accident on May 7th Derick Green was riding his motorcycle in the Ortega area when a vehicle made a left hand turn failing to yield to Green's motorcycle. Derick Green was only 39 years old. He died in the crash. On the same day another motorcyclist Colby Harrison was killed on Blanding Blvd. A car turned into the Harrison's path the car reported to be turning with the green arrow. May 10th a motorcycle crash in Flagler County on U.S. 1 claimed the life of 59 year old Thomas Dolan. Dolan from all accounts was following the rules of safety riding in his own lane and wearing his helmet when Peggy Puelo pulled out of a lounge and crossed the northbound lanes of U.S. 1 violating Dolan's right of way. The front of Dolan's motorcycle was struck by the Puelo's Kia. Dolan died at the scene. The youngest in this tragic list Stephanie Robinson was only 22 years old when she died in a motorcycle crash when she apparently lost control on the Buckman Bridge. According to family members Robinson was an experienced rider. The Florida Highway patrol is investigating in an attempt to determine the cause of the crash. Robinson was friends with Joseph Powell another motorcyclist that lost his life on Mother's Day just 2 days before Robinson's accident. No doubt the drivers of the cars in these accidents are grieving over that day in May when a motorcyclist died. While most of the drivers escaped without a scratch no doubt they probably play the day over in their mind they may wish they were driving slower that day, paying more attention or maybe just somewhere else at the moment the crash occurred. It is a tragedy for everyone involved. The motorcyclist that died in the crash can't replay that day. Millstone days for the loved ones and friends of the motorcyclist who lost their lives will never be the same Father's Day, Anniversaries, Birthdays ... Motorcyclists have all the same rights and privileges as any motor vehicle driver on the roadway. During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in May - and during the rest of the year - drivers of all other vehicles and all road users are reminded to safely "share the road" with motorcyclists, and to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe.