St. Augustine man killed in motorcycle wreck on U.S. 1 Saturday

A St. Augustine man died Saturday after his Harley Davidson FXD motorcycle collided with a Toyota Scion on U.S. 1 at the Watson Road intersection at about 11:38 a.m., according to Florida Highway Patrol.

The driver of the Scion, Kitty Cooper, 70, of St. Augustine was stopped in the northbound left turn lane on U.S. 1, due to a red traffic light, as motorcyclist David Piper, 56, was traveling south in the outside lane on U.S. 1, FHP said.

When the traffic light changed to green for the northbound and southbound lanes, FHP said Cooper thought she had the left green turn arrow and began making a left turn onto Watson Road, failing to see Piper approaching.

According to FHP, Piper did not have time to react, causing the front of his motorcycle to strike the right passenger door of the Scion. FHP said the motorcycle then overturned onto its side, separating the rider from the motorcycle.

According to the incident report, Cooper was taken to Flagler Hospital with minor injuries and, as of late Saturday afternoon, a test to determine whether alcohol was a factor in the wreck was pending. Piper, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the wreck, was also taken to Flagler Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

 

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