November 29, 2022

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4 bikers killed in Volusia, 1 in St Johns

A fourth motorcyclist was reported killed in a crash in Volusia County on Wednesday, according to information from the Florida Highway Patrol.

A motorcycle crash in St. Johns County also took the life of a Palm Coast rider on Monday, officials said.

Last year, eight motorcyclists died during the 10-day event, making 2021 the highest for fatalities.

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Wednesday’s crash occurred sometime overnight at Pioneer Trail and Airport Road near New Smyrna Beach, said FHP Lt. Kim Montes.

The rider, a 42-year-old man from Pembroke Pines, was discovered at 4:18 a.m. by a Volusia County deputy “who rolled up on a motorcycle that had left the roadway and traveled into a ditch,” Montes said.

Preliminary investigations show that the motorcyclist was traveling on Pioneer Trail and for unknown reasons, lost control, ran off the road and struck a culvert, Montes said.

Traffic homicide investigators continue to look into the crash, Montes said.

The first two motorcycle fatalities during this year’s event occurred Saturday on State Road 44/West New York Avenue near DeLand.

A car crashed into three motorcycles, killing two riders and seriously injuring another on a separate motorcycle, troopers said.

On Monday afternoon, a third motorcycle fatality was reported in Port Orange, according to police.

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Port Orange police Sgt. William Harrison said Monday’s crash occurred in the 1700 block of Dunlawton Avenue.

Also on Monday, a 39-year-old Palm Coast motorcyclist died after hitting an SUV at the intersection of State Road 206 and U.S. 1 in St. Johns County, according to the FHP.

In addition to the eight deaths during Bike Week in 2021, officials with Halifax Health Medical Center, the only trauma center in Volusia County, reported 91 people seriously injured in motorcycle crashes that year.

This article originally appeared on The Daytona Beach News-Journal: FHP: Daytona Bike Week 2022: 4 bikers killed in Volusia, 1 in St Johns