Unfortunately, the new year began with an unfortunate accident on US 1 roadway in the afternoon hours of January 2. A 49 year-old man was driving his 2007 Harley Davidson northbound with the idea of making a left turn onto Barber Street. He was heading northbound on US 1, and was going to make the turn.

While this was taking place, a 62 year-old woman was driving a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta heading southbound on US 1, in the inside lane. 

The motorcyclist was in the process of turning when the front of the Jetta smacked into the right side of the motorcycle. 

The man was transported to Sebastian River Medical Center, where he later died of his injuries.

According to reports the driver of the Jetta and an 11 year-old passenger sustained minor injuries as a result of the collision.

The identities of the motorcyclist, driver of the car and passenger in the car have not yet been released to the public. 

As the investigation remains ongoing, a few key details are still not yet available. It is unclear as to whether substance abuse was involved in this accident, and we are not sure if the people in the car were properly restrained, or if the motorcyclist was wearing a suitable helmet.

From 2000 to 2020, the number of motorcycle fatalities has more than doubled, which is a troubling statistic to digest. That number has been above 500 each of the last seven years.

Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath can be reached at (561) 655-1990 if you or a loved one is injured in a motor vehicle accident.