Riding a motorcycle can be an exhilarating experience. Unfortunately, that experience also comes with risk. Motorcycles are inherently risky by design. There are few safety structures and they are also less visible than other vehicles. When it comes to motorcycles accidents, there are a number of contributing factors. Elements such as weather and traffic play a major role in many motorcycle crashes. Driver inexperience also can play a role, as many of those driving motorcycles are not licensed to do so. Another factor in motorcycle accidents is when other motorists fail to check their blind spots when changing lanes.
The Ocala Star-Banner reports on a motorcycle crash that claimed the life of the driver.
The crash occurred at about 9 p.m. last Wednesday in Marion Oaks.
According to FHP troopers, 27-year-old Carlos Infantes was traveling east on CR 484 on a 2018 Honda motorcycle. A Ford truck was traveling westbound, making a left turn onto Marion Oaks Manor when the motorcycle collided with the side of the truck.
Both vehicles burst into flames on impact. A male witness and a passenger in the truck were able to move the motorcyclist from beneath the truck onto the grassy shoulder, where he died.
According to troopers, witnesses told them that the motorcyclist was speeding. Infantes was wearing a helmet, but it came off during the impact. When he was pulled from beneath the truck, he was on fire, but witnesses put the flames out.
The driver of the truck, the passenger, and their dog all escaped without injury.