December 12, 2011

Winter Haven, FL motorcyclist involved in hit and run

A twist of fate left a 47-year old father in critical condition after being hit by a pickup truck that left the scene leaving the man severely injured.

According to the Lakeland Ledger and Channel 13, at approximately 1:50 a.m. in mid-November, Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a hit and run involving a motorcycle and a pickup truck on Cypress Gardens Blvd. and Register Road in Winter Haven, FL.  The reports place Timmy Kelly, 47, of Winter Haven, FL, driving his 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle heading east on Cypress Gardens Blvd. in Winter Haven, FL. when a red GMC Sierra pickup truck struck Kelly’s motorcycle.  Deputies have been unable to indentify the driver of the truck when reports were printed.

Kelly was airlifted to Lakeland Regional Medical Center where he was treated for several injuries including a broken jaw and severe facial injuries.  Kelly reportedly was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.   Kelly remains in critical condition at Lakeland Regional Medical Center.

Efforts on behalf of Kelly are widespread including a fundraising motorcycle ride in honor of Kelly to assist his family for the medical cost that the accident has caused.  Kelly’s family has also used various media outlets to assist the deputies in finding the driver of the pickup truck

The Florida Motorcycle Helmet Use Observational Survey and Trend Analysis conducted by the Center for Urban Transportation Research concluded that helmet use in the state of Florida has dramatically declined since the revision of the Florida Helmet Law, Florida Statute 316.211,  was revised and became effective on July 1, 2000.  The report goes on to say that Florida’s motorcycle crash-related fatalities have grown steadily since 1999. Between 1999 and 2001, motorcycle fatalities rose by 66 percent in Florida compared to a 28 percent increase in national motorcycle fatalities during the same period.  It concluded that in 2001, 2.5 percent of all traffic injuries in Florida involved motorcyclists compared to 2.0 percent nationally

Attorney Tania L. Rivas is a civil attorney with Rivas Law Group, LLC located in Winter Haven, Florida. Attorney Rivas represents injured victims in Polk County, FL. Attorney Rivas is fluent in Spanish and represents only victims, never insurance companies. If you or a loved one has been injured, call us toll free at 877-299-5539 to schedule a free legal consultation with Attorney Rivas. You are not responsible to pay any legal fees or costs unless you win.

Polk County Sheriff’s Office
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