Two Bikers From Century Critically Injured In Highway 29 Crash

June 12, 2019

Two bikers from Century critically injured in a crash Tuesday evening on Highway 29 near McDavid.

The Florida Highway Patrol said  49-year old Susan Nichols was on a 2016 moped traveling north on Highway 29 at Whirlpool Road when she made an improper lane change about 7:07 p.m. Her moped entered the inside lane and collided with a northbound Harley Davidson motorcycle. Nichols and 45-year old James Cooko of Century were both ejected into the median.

The moped came to rest in Highway 29 just north of the crash location, while the Harley continued north for several hundred feet after Cooko was ejected.

Both bikers were airlifted to Sacred Heart Hospital in separate medical helicopters. The FHP said they were not wearing helmets.

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Highway 29 northbound remained closed until about 10:30 p.m. There were no other vehicles involved in the wreck.

Any charges in the crash are pending the outcome of the FHP investigation.

The Century and McDavid stations of Escambia Fire Rescue, Escambia County EMS, Lifeguard Ambulance, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, LifeFlight and ShandsCair responded to the wreck. photos, click to enlarge.


11 Responses to “Two Bikers From Century Critically Injured In Highway 29 Crash”

  1. Susan Barnes on June 14th, 2019 11:04 am

    To Brainbucket Susie has family its a accident but calling her a idiot that’s so rude she has family and friends who happen to Love her very much sure you’ve never made a mistake please be more caring about her family and friends God don’t like ugly

  2. shaking my head on June 13th, 2019 9:46 am

    @Brain bucket

    You first have to have a brain before wearing a helmet….that idiot made an improper lane change in front of another and caused this. has nothing to do with helmets or road paving….

  3. CW on June 12th, 2019 9:58 pm

    It simply amazes me with all of Florida’s laws, that it’s legal to ride a motorcycle without a helmet.

  4. Jennifer Barraclough on June 12th, 2019 7:56 pm

    Please I know it is not the law anymore, wear a helmet. I find it ironic that if I’m on a bicycle I have to wear a helmet, but if you’re on a motorcycle you don’t. The legislation really messed up when they changed that law. Prayers for all

  5. Concerned Citizen on June 12th, 2019 6:50 pm

    NO MORE TRAFFIC LIGHTS ON Hwy29! It hasn’t helped wrecks at 29 and 97, stupid drivers continue to drive stupid. Also it adds 5–10mins extra time on traveling to Pensacola from the North end of the county.

  6. Right of way? on June 12th, 2019 6:02 pm

    All the new pavement in the WORLD won’t help if someone does a sudden lane change in front of you. Prayers for the riders and yes, a brain bucket may have helped both of them. Please, no more stop lights!

  7. Krit Krat on June 12th, 2019 2:34 pm


    If you read, it stated that she made an IMPROPER LANE CHANGE. People need to start learning how to drive and following the rules of the road. Too many people think the rules do not apply to them. The road up that way on Hwy 29 and Whirlpool road it not in bad condition like @Rasheed Jackson stated.

  8. Rasheed Jackson on June 12th, 2019 9:41 am

    @ mtaylor, the pavement at this section of 29 is in good condition. Pavement was not an issue.
    I turn at this intersection everyday. When you are heading North you are coming up a hill and on a curve. The intersection is in a bad location. If you are slowing to turn, people coming up the hill and around the curve are on you before they know it.
    This was a serious accident and the speed at this part of the highway is 65 mph, I just and pray the injured parties make a fast and complete recovery.

  9. Wyndi Malbeck on June 12th, 2019 7:39 am

    Prayers to them and their families. Hope they are ok.

  10. brain bucket on June 12th, 2019 7:19 am


  11. Mtaylor on June 12th, 2019 12:33 am

    Prayers go out to both of them, and their families. Hope all will be well. This may be a reason Hwy 29 needs paved. God Bless

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