Two motorcyclists deaths in two days have occurred in the Southwest Florida region. 42-year-old Dennis J. Bedard of Bonita Springs, Florida, was killed after his motorcycle collided with a Chevrolet Suburban also in Bonita Springs. Bedard, who was reported to not have worn a helmet, was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died. The driver of the Suburban did not sustain any personal injuries. According to the Lee County Sheriff’s office, the fatal motorcycle accident is still under investigation. The second fatal motorcycle accident involved a 41-year-old Naples motorcyclist. The collision occurred when the motorcycle crossed over the solid, yellow center lines and into oncoming traffic, striking a pickup. The cyclist was driving a 2007 Harley-Davidson and struck into a Ford F-350 pickup truck. The driver of the pickup truck was identified as Crescencio Lopez, 43, of Naples, Florida. After the Ford pickup was initially struck by the motorcycle, Lopez lost control of the truck and drove it across traffic into the woods. Lopez was not personally injured in the crash. If you would like to read more on these collisions please see Two fatal motorcycle collision in two days in Southwest Florida.
The deaths of these men are tragedies for their families and communities. Unfortunately, fatal motorcycle collisions occur too frequently in Florida. Under Florida Law, motorcyclists are not required to wear helmets. Helmets, however, have been scientifically proven to reduce the severity of personal injuries to the head and brain as well as proven to save lives. Although it is not required by law, motorcyclists should wear helmets – it may potentially save a life.