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Florida motorcyclist killed in SR 390 crash

A 57-year-old Panama City Beach man died when his motorcycle collided with another vehicle on State Road 390 on April 30. The accident occurred at approximately 8:40 a.m. west of Ruth Hentz Avenue, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Authorities said a 20-year-old Panama City Beach woman was driving her Honda Civic east on SR 390 when she entered the westbound lane in an attempt to pass a slower vehicle and encountered an oncoming Jeep Wrangler. The driver of the Jeep, a 50-year-old Panama City man, swerved to avoid a collision, lost control of his vehicle and smashed into a Harley Davidson motorcycle.

The Harley rider was transported to the Bay Medical Center Sacred Heart where he was later declared dead. The Jeep driver was treated for minor injuries at Gulf Coast Medical Center. The Honda driver was not injured. SR 390 was temporarily shut down as authorities from the FHP, Panama City Police Department, Panama City Fire Department and Florida Fish and Wildlife investigated and cleared the scene. No criminal charges have yet been filed, and the crash remains under investigation.

When someone is killed in a car accident caused by the negligent actions of another driver, the decedent's surviving family members may wish to consult with an attorney. In some circumstances, it may be advisable for the decedent's spouse, children or parents to file a civil wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault driver seeking compensation for their financial and emotional losses. Typical damages sought in a wrongful death lawsuit include medical expenses accrued before death, funeral and burial costs, loss of income and loss of companionship.

Source: mypanhandle.com, "Panama City Beach Man Dead After Accident on Highway 390," April 30, 2015

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