Thomas Eades, 63, of Tequestra died on Wednesday, February 19, when his motorcycle was rear-ended on the Turnpike in Palm Beach County.
Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) officials say the three-vehicle wreck happened around 6:40 PM, near mile marker 81 and the Atlantic Avenue exit. Eades was riding a 2019 Harley-Davidson Road Glide behind a 2006 Ford F-150. There was a 2014 Honda Civic behind Eades’ motorcycle. For some reason, the Civic crashed into the rear of the motorcycle, sending it crashing into the F-150 and ejecting Eades. Sadly, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Unfortunately, Florida is the deadliest state in the country for motorcycle riders. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 586 people died in motorcycle crashes in Florida in 2016 alone. Many motorcycle accidents involve vehicles turning into the path of a cycle, simply because they don’t see it. For this reason, drivers are urged to “Look twice and save a life.”
However, this is usually not the cause of rear-end accidents. These types of crashes are commonly caused by speeding, distracted driving, road rage, fatigued driving, and driving under the influence.
FHP officials say charges are pending in the accident case.