On the last Wednesday night in July, a Saint John’s County teen motorcyclist was struck and killed by a 43-year-old woman of Saint Augustine, driving a GMC Acadia, reports the Florida Times Union.
The Saint John’s Fire Rescue report on the accident claimed that the teen ran a red light and that he was not wearing a helmet. The woman in the SUV and her two 16-year-old passengers were not hurt. They were all wearing seat belts.
The boy’s father said that he knew that the report about his son was wrong: he would not have been riding a motorcycle without a helmet nor would he have run a red light.
A Highway Patrol official said that the teen was wearing a helmet, but “The helmet was way down the street. It came off his head [during the accident].” Witnesses said that both the teen and the other driver had a green light, but the motorist failed to yield the right of way to the teen.
“We’re trying to make peace with it. That’s probably the best way to say it,” the boy’s father said. “There’s nothing that we’re going to be able to do to bring him back, but I would like to clear his name.”