Pasco County, FL (March 12, 2019) - A 22-year-old man from Dade City was killed and his 20-year-old passenger was critically hurt in a crash between a motorcycle and a car on Sunday, March 10th. The crash happened on US-301 around 8:30 p.m., near the intersection with Pioneer Museum Road.
Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol report that Markus Cody Rutland was riding a 2005 Kawasaki Ninja on the highway. 20-year-old Shelby Lynn Powell was a passenger on the motorcycle. At the same time, a 1994 Chevrolet K1500, driven by 30-year-old John Eric Belcher, came to a stop sign on Pioneer Museum Road. Belcher stopped and the stop sign and traveled across the northbound lanes of US-301 when he collided with the motorcycle driven by Rutland. Rutland died from his injuries and Powell suffered critical, life-threatening injuries.
Police say that alcohol did not play a role in the crash but that charges are pending against Belcher.
We are saddened to hear of this tragic crash in Pasco County and our sympathies go out to the family of Markus Cody Rutland. We also wish for a complete recovery for Shelby Lynn Powell.
About 14% of all traffic crashes will involve motorcycles. Motorcycle riders as a group are among the most likely to suffer serious bodily injury or death in a crash. This is because a motorcycle offers far less protection from the impact of a crash. In the event of a collision, a motorcyclist may be thrown from the bike and can suffer serious head, neck, and spinal cord injuries. In this crash, it appears as though the driver's negligence in failing to yield caused the fatal collision.
If you or a loved one are dealing with the effects of a motorcycle crash, our Florida motorcycle accident attorneys at Rubenstein Law are here to help. To speak with us for a free consultation and case evaluation, please call 1-800 FL-Legal.
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