NSB cops: Edgewater motorcyclist killed Christmas day after striking palm tree while speeding

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The locator map shows where Matheu W. Laurrell crashed his motorcycle into a palm tree on North Riverside Drive, splitting the tree in half. The biker was not wearing a helmet. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- A 30-year-old Edgewater man was killed on this Christmas holiday when he struck a Palm tree with his motorcycle and splitting it in half while "traveling at a high rate of speed in the 500 block of North Riverside Drive, cops said. 

Matheu W. Laurrell was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet.

Here's a synopsis of what happened in the fatal accident at 1:50 p.m. as reported by New Smyrna Beach Police Sgt. Valerie Joyce: NSBPD Officers and Paramedics responded to a report of a motorcyclist who struck a tree.

Paramedics pronounced the rider deceased at the scene. After interviewing witnesses and examining the crash site, a preliminary investigation revealed Laurrell was traveling at a high rate of speed when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into a palm tree which split in half upon impact.

The make and model of the motorcycle he was riding was not included in a press release.


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