Nine Mile Crash Claims Life Of Motorcyclist Thanksgiving Night

November 29, 2019

A motorcyclist will killed on Nine Mile Road Thanksgiving night.

Phillip Woodruff, 57, of Pensacola was traveling east on Nine Mile Road on his Harley Davidson about 6:16 p.m Thursday. The Florida Highway Patrol said 24-year old Tyler Kendrick of Pensacola was stopped at a stop sign on Bowman Avenue when he failed to yield the right of way. Troopers said he pulled into the intersection and into the path of Woodruff’s motorcycle.

Any charges are pending the outcome of a traffic homicide investigation, according to FHP.


21 Responses to “Nine Mile Crash Claims Life Of Motorcyclist Thanksgiving Night”

  1. Don on November 30th, 2019 9:57 pm

    Sorry wrong comment my phone kinda went kookie Sorry about the biker Thats the reason I sold my bike a few years ago to dangerous now day’s Sympathy for the bikers family.

  2. Christy Langford on November 30th, 2019 5:42 pm

    Kristin and Troy, I am so so very sorry for you. Please know that I am praying for the two of you. God be with you.

  3. Mitch on November 30th, 2019 4:10 pm

    Slow Mo, very cruel comments on this accident. Phil was my friend and a very careful driver. He did not expect to be priority 1 as you so coldly say. He was in the right of way when the other driver pulled out suddenly on him. Phil was 57 years old and a very good family man. You tick me off! Now there is a window, a loss of life and many friends and family heart broken. Your an idiot!!!

  4. SlowMo on November 30th, 2019 11:22 am

    Also @ lawless. I have many who ride as I used to myself. Just because a biker goes down while a car is at blame or part of the scenario.. im tired of the drivers always being blamed. I have watched daily bikers fly down that road, while being inches off of cars asses. Being aware goes both ways. When i bought my first bike i knew my chances of getting hurt on the road more than tripled. Accidents do happen daily. But being a biker does not make you priority #1 on the asphalt

  5. Romeo James Menard on November 30th, 2019 11:17 am

    Make that turn everyday. The construction cones and other factors blocking your field a vision on those turns prove very dangerous. So wishing ill on the driver without full knowledge of what happened on both ends is pointless. Sorry a man lost his life.

  6. fisherman on November 30th, 2019 8:45 am

    @ Lawless
    Please explain your comment (For a year and a half, I’ve been waiting for surgery because the insurance commission here in Florida cares nothing about bikers.) Your insurance company should be paying your medical. Not saying you fall into this boat but a lot of people just get the bare minimum of insurance that really doesn’t cover anything. Without knowing more about your statement I can’t comment any further. Also you can’t get blood out of a turnip so a law suit against someone who has nothing is pointless. Hope you get your surgery will be praying for you.

  7. Lawless on November 29th, 2019 9:08 pm

    Open your eyes! My condolences to the Woodruff family. I’ve ridden motorcycles all my life and was never in a serious accident until I came to Pensacola fours years ago. A year and a half ago, I was hit head on by a pickup on Chemstrand Road not very far from this accident scene. For a year and a half, I’ve been waiting for surgery because the insurance commission here in Florida cares nothing about bikers.
    This guy will probably get off Scott Free! Not Fair!
    Look Twice! Save a life!
    We are a tight and close culture of people… We ride together at some point and we become family to each other… If people who don’t ride would simply pay attention and leave phones, radios, and other distractions alone, this would happen less often.

  8. That Girl on November 29th, 2019 4:25 pm

    One evening my husband and I were heading to get supper when the car in front of us hit a car that had stopped at a stop sign, but pull right out in traffic. The car in front of us was within about 75 feet from the intersection when the white car pulled out. It must have been a laps of judgement, not paying attention, or just thought they could beat the traffic. It happens. Watch cars all around you. I slow down at intersections, even when I have the right away. I always told my sons and now granddaughter, “watch the other drivers”.

  9. pcoladad on November 29th, 2019 3:51 pm

    I love how “was stopped at a stop sign on Bowman Ave” turns into “ran a stop sign” people are so quick to jump to conclusions…maybe Linda should wait until the investigation is over before she hands down a life sentence on this poor guy!!!

  10. Luis Santos on November 29th, 2019 2:29 pm

    It’s never an accident, every time you get behind the wheel or handlebars you are responsible, you are responsible for all of your actions, reactions and outcomes. To say “motor vehicle accident” is wrong and a misnomer, it is a wreck and someone is responsible. I’ve been riding motorcycles for 5 decades, I can’t count how many times I’ve been cut off, have people left turn in front of me, etc, etc, etc. I got tagged by a car in Cordova mall parking lot by a woman who had her eyes on a parking spot instead of me. No, it’s not an accident, someone caused it

  11. Patlynn on November 29th, 2019 1:36 pm

    Linda, I am so sorry for your loss and for the heartache of living through such a tragedy. This article never implies he ran a stop sign. Stating he was stopped at the stop sign and pulled into the intersection and into the path of the motorcycle does indicate that the construction may have obstructed his view and he did not see the motorcycle. I did not witness the accident but sometimes it is just that, an accident. Praying for all who are hurting from the outcome of this story, including the driver of the car.

  12. Motorcycle Rider on November 29th, 2019 12:32 pm

    Observations: At some point, almost every remedy reaches the point of diminishing returns. Could it be that there were too many lighted safety barrels… at the wrong height, with a less than optimum colored lights, so as to ‘block’ or ‘mask’ the view of the motorcyclist from the driver’s seat perspective. I’ve been riding motorcycles since the 1970s and this very tragedy could have happened 2 nights ago when I was driving a truck along that very section of road. It was difficult to see what was coming down the ‘lane’, due to the density of the ’safety’ cones. All of which were at the wrong elevation, the wrong color, and utilized to an overkill density, which actually creates and becomes the hazard….in my observation.

    Suggested solution: Perhaps having ’safety cones’ that are significantly lower than the oncoming headlights (approx. 18 inches), of another color (red) that is easily distinguishable from an older headlight (non blue tinted bulbs), and perhaps smaller safety bulb elements, could make the MOVEMENT of an oncoming vehicle, at night, more visible. Might also include small rope lights between the new short cones at all side street entrance-exits. Not a gigantic expense in the scheme of things, just an adjustment in the process, to save the lives of people in transit… This would include your children, and my children… Where’s OSHA now?

    This is a real problem and it deserves a solution ASAP.

  13. Concerned citizen on November 29th, 2019 12:26 pm

    @ Linda. I’m sorry to hear about your tragedy 21 years ago. I pray you never have this happen to you. I pray you never have this on your conscious for the rest of your life. I pray people don’t say harsh words about you if this were to happen. This kid has to deal with this for a really long time. If he could take it back in willing to bet he would. Please be kind with your words. Bring ugly or harsh is not needed in a time like this. God bless both families involved.

  14. dnutjob1 on November 29th, 2019 12:02 pm

    Accidents happen, no one is perfect and if you are go ahead and cast the first stone. So sad for all involved. Prayers to both families

  15. Nicole on November 29th, 2019 10:49 am

    I agree with Brian, it is very hard to see through the barrels. Leaving publix the other night I had to judge on the headlights and literally took a shot in the dark. My condolences to the families loss.

  16. Linda on November 29th, 2019 9:54 am

    My Mom was killed exactly the same way 21 years ago at Bowman and 9 mile Rd by a 19 year old who ran that stop sign. He too was charged with failure to yield the right of way got a slap on the hand paid $87.50 and 6 months probation and he only got this due to he did not have alcohol or drugs in his system. I hope times have changed because Florida laws suck and pretty leaves the family in mourning to believe that it is ok to run a stop sign and kill someone as long as you are not drinking or doing drugs. A STOP sign means just that “STOP” we all learn this at an early age. Florida at some point needs to make an example out of someone that runs a “STOP” sign and kills someone. This story honestly brought back all those sleepless nights!
    Please don’t blame the construction for his careless driving. 21 years ago there was no construction and the “STOP” sign was still ran.
    Prayers to the Woodruff family for comfort!

  17. Kevin enfinger on November 29th, 2019 9:48 am

    My sympathies for the family. I work with one of his family members. Such a horrible thing to happen

  18. Beth on November 29th, 2019 7:57 am

    My sympathies to all involved. Heartbreaking tragedy on such a special day for families, will never be the same. Prayers for comfort and peace.

  19. Brian on November 29th, 2019 6:17 am

    I can understand how this would happen. It’s hard to see through so many orange construction barrels.

  20. deBugger on November 29th, 2019 6:05 am

    You definitely want to be @ “the top of your game” when it comes to driving 9 mile road, especially from HWY29 to Beulah Road.

    Trust Me. I KNOW these things.

  21. mt on November 29th, 2019 1:32 am

    May many blessing go to all that this will affect. Prayers to all, just remember God loves all.