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Motorcyclist Killed in Nokomis Crash

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Posted on January 22, 2014

On New Year’s Day, a motorcyclist lost his life after colliding with an automobile in the town of Nokomis, Florida. According to Florida Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when a car pulled out in front of the motorcycle right around 5:35pm.

Troopers reported a man from Venice, 52-year-old David Yarzab, was riding his Harley Davidson southbound on U.S. 41 nearing the Waterfront Too restaurant close to Lychee Road. The accident report stated a sedan driven by 85-year-old Polley Lawrence of Sarasota pulled into Yarzab’s path. The elderly driver was apparently exiting the restaurant’s parking lot as her vehicle crossed in front of the Harley Davidson. With little time to react, Yarzab collided with the left side of the car.

The motorcyclist was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead from his injuries. Yarzab was known in the local area as the Club Manager at the Venice Yacht Club.

There were no injuries to the driver. Lawrence received a traffic citation for Violation of Right of Way. It was not made clear whether Yarzab was wearing a helmet. No further details were made available by FHP.

  • Per mile, a motorcycle rider has a mortality rate 30 times higher than a driver in a car or truck.
  • Wearing a helmet reduces a rider’s chances of death in an accident by nearly 40%.
  • Over 75% of accidents between cars and motorcycles involve a driver who turns left or pulls out into the path of an oncoming motorcycle.