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Authorities Say Failure to Yield Led to Motorcyclist Justin Bent’s Death

On March 9, a deadly motorcycle crash occurred when a car collided with a motorcycle at the intersection of Arrowhead Boulevard and US-41 in North Fort Myers.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, Justin Bent, 35, was driving his motorcycle northbound on US-41, when a car driven by Max Hamock, 85, failed to yield at the intersection with Arrowhead Boulevard. The car hit Bent’s motorcycle, and Bent was thrown from his bike, tragically dying at the scene. Max Hamock and a passenger, his wife Virginia Hamock, were taken to a local hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Local resident Patrick Reiland, who saw the scene of the crash shortly after it happened, told FOX 4 News that it appeared the car’s driver had pulled out in front of Bent without looking. Reiland also noted that although Floriday Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles requires drivers older than 80 to renew their license every six years, he thinks stricter laws on senior citizens driving might help prevent accidents.

“I hate to say it because I am one, but our old people do not look when they drive,” Reiland said. “[We] definitely need testing every two years — and I would like to see that pushed at the state level.”

Bent was a father with two young daughters. His wife Amanda Bent has set up a GOFundMe page for his funeral expenses.

If there was negligence on the part of the car’s driver, Bent’s family may have grounds to move forward with a civil Wrongful Death case.

The Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. is dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals and families that have suffered injuries due to the negligence of others. Our attorneys have more than 170 years of combined experience investigating and representing those who have suffered tragic loss or severe injuries.

If you know a surviving family member of a person who was killed in a motorcycle crash, please encourage them to give our firm a call immediately. The consultation is completely free, and there is no out-of-pocket cost to the family to hire us.

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