Daytona's Bike Week: Only 1 fatal so far

Main Street in Daytona the scene for Bike Week / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
Bikers crowd Main Street in Daytona Beach at mid-week in Daytona Beach during the 10-day motorcycle rally as shown here at left and below in the secondary image.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Bike Week is coming to an end and so far attendance has been light and fatalities have been limited to one.

The "500,000 bikers" figure that the Daytona-area Chamber of Commerce and local media have used for years has been exaggerated for the better part of a decade now.

And this year, there hasn't even been half that number of visitors for the 10-day rally that ends Sunday.

And as a result, fatalities are down, too. The lone biker fatality occurred in Deltona, though because it occurred during Bike Week, it's considered part of the biker rally since it's in the same county.

A motorcyclist lost his life Monday afternoon in a collision with a school bus in Deltona. The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

Scene-setter of Bike Week on Main Street in Daytona Beach / Headline Surfer®Here's a synopsis of what occurred resulting in the biker fatality as described to Headline Surfer® by Volusia County Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson: Deputies were dispatched to the intersection of DeBary Avenue and Deltona Boulevard after the Sheriff’s Office was notified about the crash at 3:39 p.m.

Both vehicles were on DeBary Avenue, the bus traveling east and the biker on  Kawasaki motorcycle westbound.

The collision occurred as the bus was turning onto Deltona Boulevard. The motorcyclist, an adult man, was critically injured and wasn’t breathing at the scene. He was transported by ambulance as a trauma alert to Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City, where efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

The bus was carrying 17 students from University High School in Orange City. Although a couple of students complained of minor injury, none required medical treatment. The crash has resulted in the temporary shutdown of westbound traffic on DeBary Avenue.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.