Motorcyclist critically injured in Bradenton crash

jdeleon@bradenton.comApril 16, 2014 

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.

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