Fort Pierce man killed in speeding motorcycle crash was not wearing helmetSeptember 13th, 2010 by TCPalm.com
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Sheriff’s investigators have identified a 48-year-old Fort Pierce man who was killed Saturday night when his motorcycle crashed on the overpass bridge between Indian River and St. Lucie counties.
Deputies report Steve Wilson Scott Jr., of 3965 Oak Hammock Lane, died after being taken by ambulance to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute. He was southbound over the bridge shortly after 8 p.m. when his motorcycle struck a guard rail.
There was no passenger on the bike and no other vehicles appeared to be involved in the crash, said Mike Snowhill, traffic homicide investigator with the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputy Jeff Luther, Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said Scott was not wearing a helmet when his motorcycle crashed. A helmet and protective leather jacket both were stowed onboard the motorcycle, he said.
A witness told deputies that a motorcycle was traveling alongside his vehicle on the Indian River side of the overpass when it quickly accelerated to high speed — perhaps reaching 100 miles per hour, Luther said. The witness told deputies he saw the same motorcycle seconds later, crashed in the roadway.
Deputies reported that Scott was riding a Suzuki Hayabusa. The high-performance motorcycle is described in manufacturer’s literature as “the hottest sportbike on the planet.”