A collision involving two motorcycles left a 72-year-old man from Ellenton seriously injured on Wednesday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The crash happened around 10:30 a.m. on State Road 62 (Wauchula Road), east of US 301 in the Parrish area of Manatee County, according to the FHP.
Soldiers said a 58-year-old Bradenton man on a motorcycle was heading east on SR 62, and the 72-year-old Ellenton man was driving directly behind him.
The runner in front then started to slow down, according to FHP, but Ellenton’s man did not lower his speed. His motorcycle hit the side of Bradenton’s man’s bike. The impact knocked the Ellenton man off his motorcycle and onto the paved shoulder alongside the westbound taxiway, soldiers reported.
Ellenton’s man was taken to Blake Medical Center in critical condition. Bradenton’s man was not injured, according to the FHP.
Traffic accident investigators said Bradenton’s man was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision, while Ellenton’s man was not.
This story was originally published October 6, 2021 5:31 pm.