On Friday, March 6, Joshua Carver, 20, died in a motorcycle accident after an SUV cut in front of his bike.
Officials say the accident happened at Cox Road and Fisherman’s Place in Cocoa. Carver was riding northbound on Cox Rd. when a southbound Chevrolet SUV driven by 74-year-old Robert Jones tried to make a left turn across Cox Rd. and go east on Fisherman’s Place. Carver’s motorcycle crashed into the SUV, and he was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Jones was not injured in the accident. Authorities say charges are pending.
Unfortunately, motorcycle deaths are common across the US, and in Florida. In 2015 alone, there were 606 fatalities of motorcycle riders in the state. Motorcycles are involved in about 20 percent of auto accident deaths, even though there are far more larger vehicles on the road. The causes of these accidents range from distracted driving to speeding to impaired driving. It’s very common for motorists who pull out in front of a motorcycle to say they just didn’t see it. For this reason, drivers are encouraged to “look twice and save a life.”