Putnam County, FL (April 8, 2021) - A 44-year-old employee of the Putnam County Sheriff's Office died in a motorcycle crash on Thursday morning. The collision happened around 5:30 a.m. on U.S. Highway 17.
According to officials with the Florida Highway Patrol, Mark Elam was riding a blue Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound on U.S. 17 when he was hit by a white Ford transit van at the intersection with North Boundary Road. Elam was thrown from his bike. He was rushed to Putnam Community Medical Center following the crash where he was later pronounced dead. The driver of the van was not injured. There is no further word on the cause of the crash at this time.
An investigation is ongoing. No additional details are available.
A Florida motorcycle accident is a very dangerous and potentially deadly event. While motorcycles account for less than 5% of all registered motor vehicles in our state, fatal motorcycle crashes make up about 15% of all reported traffic fatalities. In addition, approximately 80% of all motorcycle crashes in our state at least result in injuries to the motorcyclist.
We would like to extend our condolences to the family of the deceased victim of this crash in Putnam County.
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