Motorcyclist critically injured in crash in Bradenton

Posted by MARC R. MASFERRER on April 15, 2014 

MANATEE -- A 24-year-old motorcyclist was critically injured when the driver of a minivan failed to yield to him a stop sign at a Bradenton intersection Tuesday morning, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

About 8 a.m., the motorcyclist was westbound on 38th Avenue East approaching the intersection with 27th Street East, when the 41-year-old driver of the minivan, which was stopped at a stop sign on southbound 27th Street East, attempted a left turn onto 38th Avenue East. The motorcyclist, who did not have a stop sign at the intersection, struck the driver's door of the van, according to a FHP accident report.

An earlier report said the crash was being investigated as a "possible fatality," but the report said the motorcyclist was in critical condition.

The driver of the van, Evelia Benitez-Salinas, was issued a citation of violation of right of way from a stop sign, according to FHP. She also was arrested and charged with driving without a license. She was released from the Manatee County jail after posting $120 bond, according to the jail website.

FHP said the motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

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