Two things that don’t mix are motorcycles and horseplay.
A tragic reminder happened on December 1 in Boca Raton, when a teenager lost control of his motorcycle as he was attempting to “pop-a-wheelie,” and was killed shortly after.
A total of 394 people died in motorcycle accidents in Florida in 2010, the most recent year for which statistics are available. There were more than 7,500 vehicle crashes involving motorcycles.
According to the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, a man was killed at about 4 p.m. on Saturday when he lost control of his motorcycle. The bike overturned and threw him onto the pavement.
According to Palm Beach Sheriff’s spokeswoman Teri Barbera, 18-year-old Jean DaSilva was traveling west in Palmetto Park Road’s outside lane just west of Powerline Road when he performed a “pop-a-wheelie” maneuver, which involved rocking the motorcycle backward and running on only the rear wheel.
When DaSilva set the front wheel down, the motorcycle began to wobble and he lost control of his vehicle.
DaSilva was taken to Delray Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Individuals and families who are involved in a motorcycle crash in Florida can learn about their legal options through a free consultation with a qualified motorcycle accident lawyer.