BREAKING NEWS: New Smyrna Beach cops: 21-year-old South Daytona motorcyclist killed in collision with elderly driver

Photo for Headline Surfer / This image provided by the New Smyrna Beach Police Department shows the results of a fatal wreck involving a young motorcyclist and an elderly driver of a car early Wednesday on US 1, also known as Dixie Freeway.
 
 By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- A 21-year-old South Daytona man riding a motorcycle was killed in a collision with a motorist this morning on North Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach Police said.

Here is a synopsis of what occurred in the 8:56 a,m. Wednesday fatal accident as described by New Smyrna Beach Police Lt. Shane Riggle in an email with Headline Surfer: Anthony Galvan, the motorcycle rider from South Daytona, was southbound on North Dixie Freeway on a Suzuki GSXR sport bike when the driver of a a red four-door Toyota Camry made a left hand turn into his path. The motorcycle attempted to stop, but struck the passenger side rear wheel area of the car.

The motorcycle rider, Galvan, was treated on scene for life threatening injuries by the New Smyrna Beach Fire Department and transported to Florida Hospital New Smyrna by EVAC. The motorcycle rider, who was wearing a helmet, succumbed to his injuries a short time later. The Toyota driver, 76 year-old Cecille Stokes of Cookeville, Tenn., was not injured.

Here is a synopsis of what occurred in the 8:56 a,m. Wednesday fatal accident as described by New Smyrna Beach Police Lt. Shane Riggle in an email with Headline Surfer: Anthony Galvan, the 21-year-old motorcycle rider from South Daytona, was southbound on North Dixie Freeway on a Suzuki GSXR sport bike when the driver of a red four-door  Toyota Celica made a left hand turn into his path. The motorcycle attempted to stop, but struck the passenger side rear wheel area of the car.

The motorcycle rider, Galvan,  was treated on scene for life threatening injuries by the New Smyrna Beach Fire Department and transported to Florida Hospital New Smyrna by EVAC. The motorcycle rider, who was wearing a helmet, succumbed to his injuries a short time later. The Toyota driver,  76 year-old Cecille Stokes of Cookeville, Tenn., was not injured.

Charges are pending the outcome of the crash investigation, Riggle said. He did not indicate whether speed was a factor in the accident. 

A photo released by the NSBPD showed the bike was completely destroyed and the car was heavily damaged.

Anyone who may have witnessed the accident or otherwise has any information on it, is asked to please call New Smyrna Beach Police Investigator Miof Cookeville, ke Delahanty at 386-402-7736. 

 

 

 

 

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area in Central Florida, via HeadlineSurfer.com. Specializing in breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters with dozens of journalism-industry awards in print & digital mediums. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's pursuing a Master of Arts degree in New Media/Journalism (graduation in March 2018). Frederick earned his BA in Political Science/Public Admin. (concentration in Writing) from Central Connecticut State University, in 1984, where he recieved the President's Citation for "academic excellence & outstanding campus/community service." Prior to myriad duties as publisher/award-winning journalist of Headline Surfer, 2008-present; Frederick was city hall reporter for the Palatka (FL) Daily News, 2007-2008; city editor of the Taunton (MA) Daily Gazette, 2005-2006; cops & courts/legal affairs writer for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, 1996-2004; and cops & courts reporter for the Rockland (NY) Journal-News/Gannett Suburban Newspapers, 1989-1996.