Woman dies following motorcycle vs car crash in West Palm Beach, operator charged

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL — A woman lost her life Sunday night after ejecting from a motorcycle during a collision on Interstate 95 in West Palm Beach, according to WPTV.

Florida Highway Patrol officials say the victim was a passenger on a motorcycle heading southbound on I-95 and Forest Hill Boulevard overpass when the wreck occurred at 9:16 p.m.

Preliminary details indicate a 31-year-old man from Pompano Beach was operating a 2015 Suzuki GSK motorcycle southbound behind a 2019 Toyota Corolla. At one point, a third vehicle began merging from the inside shoulder toward the inside lane in front of the Corolla, prompting the Toyota driver, a 44-year-old West Palm Beach man, to slow and shift to the right.

According to officials, the motorcycle operator did not stop, slow, or maneuver to accommodate the lane merge, causing the bike to collide with the Corolla. The force of the crash caused the motorcycle to overturn and eject both the operator and the passenger, who came to rest on the center southbound lane.

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews pronounced the female passenger deceased at the scene.

The operator, who suffered serious injuries, was rushed to Saint Mary’s Medical Center.

Neither of the other drivers were reported hurt.

The FHP announced on Tuesday that the operator has since been arrested and now faces a charge of DUI manslaughter. He also received a citation for “driving without a license.”

The West Palm Beach motorcycle accident lawyers of Schuler, Weisser, Zoeller, Overbeck & Baxter P.A. have provided this story for informational purposes only, and it should not be construed as legal advice. However, if you or someone you love has been injured in a collision that was someone else’s fault, we would like to discuss your options for pursuing financial compensation at your convenience. Contact our offices today for a free consultation, by calling 561.689.8180 or filling out our online contact form.

Last Updated : March 19, 2024

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