Posted on Jun 18, 2011
The accident occurred Sunday afternoon, when William Lee Hughes, aged 54, of Port Orange, was riding north on his motorcycle on Tomoka Farms Road. Crossing the intersection with International Speedway Boulevard, Hughes's motorcycle struck a westbound car allegedly running the traffic light at International Speedway Boulevard. According to a report by, the motorcycle hit the left-front fender of the car, driven by Lakecia S. Harris, aged 31, of Deland, and Hughes was thrown from his bike and suffered fatal injuries. Harris received minor injuries.

Sgt. Kim Montes of the Florida Highway Patrol says alcohol was not a factor in the motorcycle accident. The crash closed west-bound International Speedway Boulevard at Tomoka Farms Road for several hours while troopers conducted their investigation. Charges are pending.

The motorcycle accident attorneys of Johnson & Gilbert send their most sincere condolences to the family and friends of William Lee Hughes.

Once again, a tragic accident shows how vulnerable bikers are. They are vulnerable to the mistakes of others, or to their own mistakes, with a terrible price to pay. It would seem like much too often, other drivers simply do not see motorcyclists. They see trucks and cars, either big or brightly colored, but motorcycles escape their attention. As motorcycle fans, the attorneys of Johnson & Gilbert constantly remind Florida motorcyclists to be extremely careful, wary of other vehicles at intersections, and to wear adequate protective gear at all times.

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