Motorcyclist, passenger seriously hurt when Manatee driver fails to stop

HERALD STAFF REPORTJanuary 11, 2014 

MANATEE -- An elderly woman is charged with failing to stop at a stop sign at a Manatee County intersection, causing a crash that sent a motorcycle driver and his passenger to the hospital.

Carol Pack, 71, of Palmetto, was headed eastbound on 61st Street East in her 2002 Mercedes-Benz S 500 around 3:33 p.m. Saturday when she failed to stop at the intersection with U.S. 41, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

Pack failed to yield to the right of way of northbound traffic and entered into the path of a 2003 Honda Goldwing motorcycle, the report states.

Pack veered to the left in an attempt to avoid the motorcycle but could not, investigators said.

The right side of her Mercedes collided with the left side of the motorcycle. causing its driver, 52-year-old Peter D'Agusta, of Seffner, and his passenger, 50-year old Brenda Spirely of Tampa to fall off.

The motorcycle fell onto its left side and skidded onto the grassy shoulder of the roadway.

D'Agusta and Spirely were transported to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton with serious injuries, the report states. Neither was wearing a helmet.

Pack was uninjured, according to the report.

Pack was cited for failing to stop at a stop sign. The report notes that east-west traffic at 61st Street East has a stop sign at the intersection and north-south traffic on U.S. 41 does not.

Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, the highway patrol said.

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