Sarasota Scooter Rider Killed in University Parkway Accident

The woman's scooter was rear-ended by a car as they both headed west on University near Whitfield Avenue in Manatee County early Tuesday, the FHP reports.

A Sarasota woman was killed in an early morning crash Tuesday on University Parkway in Manatee County when she was rear-ended and ejected from her scooter, the Florida Highway Patrol reports.

According to investigators, the victim was headed westbound on University in the right lane around 1:30 a.m. as she approached the Whitfield Avenue intersection. A 2003 Volvo was traveling behind "at a faster rate of speed" when the driver failed to see the victim's scooter in front of her and crashed into it, the FHP reports.

The victim was ejected from her scooter and onto the roadway. The woman, who has not yet been identified pending notification of her next of kin, died from her injuries, investigators said. She was wearing a helmet, according to the highway patrol's report.

The driver of the Volvo, 33-year-old Nicole Beth Moore of Sarasota, drove to the Whitfield intersection and stopped there. 

Charges are pending, the highway patrol said. Blood alcohol content test results were pending for both women.

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Gordon Hornikel Jr. February 26, 2013 at 09:57 PM
SRQDude February 28, 2013 at 06:02 PM
This is a perfect example of the "invisible motorcycle syndrome." Studies have shown that when most drivers look to see if it's safe to proceed and they don't see a CAR coming, they'll pull out into traffic, even though there was a MOTORCYCLE right there, and then, when asked about it, they'll say, "I didn't see it!" So, please, people, like those famous bumper stickers say... "Watch Out For Motorcycles!!"


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