Crime

Bradenton motorcycle accident takes man’s life

MANATEE -- A 36-year-old Bradenton man lost his life Sunday evening when the motorcycle he was driving zigzagged off the roadway, ejecting him onto the east shoulder of 37th Street West, just north of Cortez Road.

Elronezo L. Holmes, who lived in the 2100 block of 20th Street West, died after the 6:54 p.m. accident that occurred when the 2004 Honda left the roadway of 37th Street West and became airborne, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

Holmes was going northbound on 37th Street West, approaching 39th Avenue West, when the undercarriage of the bike struck the pavement, causing the bike to flip, the report states.

The motion of the bike caused Holmes to be ejected, the report adds.

No skid marks were found at the scene, according to the report.

A neighbor interviewed at the scene said that the bike may have been traveling at a high rate of speed before the crash because it was making a fierce winding-out sound.

Neighbors reported that Holmes struck some garbage cans moments before he was ejected.

There were cans and garbage scattered around a resident’s lawn, but there was no mention of the garbage cans in the Florida Highway Patrol report.

Holmes was taken by ambulance to an area hospital, but did not survive his injuries.

Troopers said that until an investigation is completed, they won’t be able to estimate the bike’s speed at the time of the crash.

The posted speed limit on that section of 37th Street West is 30 mph.

Richard Dymond, Herald reporter, can be reached at 748-0411, ext. 6686.

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