MANATEE -- A 24-year-old motorcyclist was critically injured Tuesday morning when minivan driver failed to yield at the stop sign, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Moments before 8 a.m., the motorcycle was westbound on 38th Avenue East approaching the 27th Street East intersection where the Chrysler Voyager minivan was stopped.
"The van attempted a left turn and the motorcycle hit the driver's left door," FHP trooper John Edwards reported.
The motorcyclist, who was not wearing a helmet, was taken to Blake Medical Center in critical conditions, according to FHP.
Evelia Benitez-Salinas of Bradenton was arrested at the scene for driving the minivan without a driver's license. The 41-year-old was also cited for failure to yield the right of way.
Benitez-Salinas reportedly was using a passport for identification.
The van was taken by family members following her arrest.
At 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, a FHP trooper left Blake Medical Center where the motorcyclist was said to be in stable condition and talking.
Benitez-Salinas was released from jail after posting $120 bond on the driver's license charge.
Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.