Cantonment Motorcyclist Dead, SUV Driver Serious After County Road 97 Crash

August 16, 2020

A motorcyclist was killed and and a SUV driver was seriously injured  in a crash involving a SUV and a motorcycle Saturday night in Cantonment.

The 57-year old motorcyclist from Cantonment was southbound behind a Kia Soul on County Road 97 near Arena Road when the motorcyclist attempted to properly pass, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The driver of the SUV attempted to make a left turn into a driveway and failed to see the motorcycle passing, causing the  motorcycle to strike  the driver’s side of the Kia about 7:34 p.m.

The motorcyclist was airlifted to a Sacred Heart Hospital by ShandsCair medical helicopter where he was later pronounced deceased.

The driver of the KIA, a 31–year old male from Pensacola, was trapped in his vehicle and extricated by firefighters before being transported by Escambia County EMS to Sacred Heart Hospital. His injuries were not considered life threatening.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. The Cantonment, Ensley and Beulah stations of Escambia Fire Rescue, and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the wreck.

The Florida Highway Patrol no longer releases the names of accident victims. photos by Kristi Barbour, click to enlarge.


36 Responses to “Cantonment Motorcyclist Dead, SUV Driver Serious After County Road 97 Crash”

  1. Amy Rizzo on September 7th, 2020 9:40 pm

    Reaching out to Rebecca again
    Tim’s sisters Angie And Amy

  2. Wildchild on August 18th, 2020 4:21 pm

    Deeply saddened by this loss … Tim was a great guy , who will truly be missed..

  3. Concerned Citizen and Friend on August 18th, 2020 2:52 pm

    The accident happened at 7:34pm.

    RIP Wolfman, you will be missed by all of your rider friends. Prayers to your beautiful family.
    Your rider brothers & sisters will miss seeing your smiling face.

  4. Sad on August 17th, 2020 10:35 pm

    I was just wondering what time The accident happened. Rest in peace Young man

  5. Fisherman on August 17th, 2020 2:11 pm

    @ In case Of Emergency
    I want to thank you for this information I just finished registering my information and my wife.I also notified my family members to do the same. This was very simple to do. Thank You I hope I never get the call or visit my FHP.

  6. MSF Teachings on August 17th, 2020 11:28 am

    From my 45 years of operating motorcycles “safely”…. An experienced & sound judgmental motorcyclist would not pass another motor vehicle when there is a chance a turn might be imminent. The operator should look ahead and obtain proper situational awareness. This is taught in every Motorcycle Safety Foundation class I’ve attended since the mid-80’s… It’s to your benefit while keeping the odds in your favor.

  7. In case of emergency on August 17th, 2020 11:25 am

    First I offer prayers and condolences to the family.

    The FHP has a website where you can register your emergency contacts in case of emergency like this. I urge everyone to register for the sake of your loved ones. My daughter was in a serious car accident last year and the FHP did an excellent job of contacting family right away. I will post the link if permitted, if not just google “FHP in case of emergency “.

  8. julia J white on August 17th, 2020 5:20 am

    Prayers to the family. You will be missed forever- Dear Friend.

  9. William Reynolds on August 17th, 2020 1:59 am

    Rebecca wrote “Angela, how can I contact you?”

    Rebecca, contact by email. We have a phone number to pass along to you.

  10. Jenny on August 17th, 2020 12:09 am

    This was a daily rider. His family was not notified about this accident from
    authorities. His wife did not find him until after midnight ! He was a son, Father, Grandfather, husband, Brother in law, retired US Navy,. . He was a good human…. a good man lost his life Sat. Night. He will be missed. Even in death, he was still giving and contributing to his fellow man as he was an organ donator to which several benefitted from his kind, generosity.

  11. Suzie B on August 16th, 2020 9:53 pm

    So very sorry for this loss of life. It’s possible that the Kia driver was going a bit slow, looking for his turn, and by the time the intent to turn left was realized, it was too late. This has happened on the main road I live off of also. I gave up riding about 3 years ago as a result of increased traffic and more. Rest in peace sir and to the family, I am so sorry for your loss.

  12. Rebecca on August 16th, 2020 8:41 pm

    Angela, how can I contact you?

  13. In the know on August 16th, 2020 8:19 pm

    This never goes over well when I tell people this but this appears to be the driver of the cars fault by law. I’ve seen it probably 5 times over the years where the car at the front of the line is at fault in this case even if they have their turn signal on. Whomever was in the lane of the accident 1st has the right of way and it’s your responsibility to check your mirror and allow any traffic to continue their paths before turning into or across the lane that the oncoming traffic is in. Most people don’t think this is fair but it is the law. I know 3 people who have received tickets for this and 2 others that I’ve seen 1st hand get ticketed for it.

  14. My Friends Ride on August 16th, 2020 6:28 pm

    Rest well in heaven my dear friend. I’ll keep your family in my prayers and have a shoulder for you’re sweet wife any time she needs me. My prayers also for everyone involved at this scene.

    If you’re judging whether or not this rider was properly trying to pass I expect that means you always use your signals every time you make any kind of lane change. It’s absolutely apparent that the driver turning into the driveway did NOT use theirs with adequate time to communicate to any vehicles around them of his or her intentions. As a professional driver, I know this is one of the easiest ways to avoid an accident but also the least used piece of equipment on a vehicle.

  15. Grams on August 16th, 2020 6:10 pm

    Prayers for both families

  16. Grams on August 16th, 2020 6:09 pm

    Prayers for both families.

  17. Amy on August 16th, 2020 5:45 pm

    My brighter was the safest driver I’ve ever known. A witness in the lime of cars behind the accident said he was passing properly on his turn to pass.
    No blinker for the Kia but also clearly didn’t look in his rear view or side mirrors.
    We are all in shock and beyond devastated. Would love to hear from any other witnesses. We have so many questions. Also, no one came to the house or called the family. They found out when he wasn’t home and they called around looking for him and found him at the hospital. Called the police department and was told he wasn’t there but nothing else. Accident at 7:30 and they get to the hospital well after midnight.
    If you were on scene or a witness I’d love to hear from you.

  18. A Alex on August 16th, 2020 4:49 pm

    My two cents
    Biker didn’t turn his signal on either and darted around the KIA that slowed down to turn

  19. Joshua on August 16th, 2020 4:39 pm

    I live in Santa Rosa off of N. Hwy 87. Just a hour ago, I was trying to make a left turn into my drive way when the vehicle behind me decided to just speed around me. Mind you, I had my blinker on for nearly 200 yards prior, I live in a turn that is a no passing zone. Impatient people cause crashes.

  20. Matchbox on August 16th, 2020 4:06 pm

    Nobody hardly used turn signals anymore…people don’t have idea how to drive. No turn signals. Improper use of a median and driving in the left lane on the interstate…everyone should have to be tested at least every 5 years to have a driver’s license…so sad

  21. GARY MONDELLO on August 16th, 2020 3:12 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. May our Heavenly Father bring you comfort during this time.

  22. Angela on August 16th, 2020 2:36 pm

    Rebecca Was the motorcycle driver my brother conscious on the scene?

    Also, he was a very safe driver and has been driving for years. Please keep our family in your prayers!

  23. CTB on August 16th, 2020 2:08 pm

    Prayers for the family & friends of the biker killed and for the young man that hit him

  24. Christian on August 16th, 2020 2:04 pm

    May god be with this family and all his friends on this tragic day.Prayers

  25. EL Kabong on August 16th, 2020 1:36 pm

    I learned years ago to NEVER pass a turning vehicle, even if the turning signal indicates a right turn off the road.
    Fact: The turn signal is not connected to the steering wheel.
    The car I hit, the left turn signal & brake light were out and the driver was pumping the brake pedel which “looked” like a right turn indicated.
    Lesson learned…..just wait.

  26. J on August 16th, 2020 12:52 pm

    I personally know the family of the motorcycle driver, can we please keep all negative comments to ourselves….they are very good people and are hurting. What if it were your family? This man was a son, a husband, father and grandfather and brother in law who was loved very much.
    Please have respect for the family who is left behind.

  27. Jennifer on August 16th, 2020 12:52 pm

    I have lived a lot of places around the U.S., and I have NEVER seen as many fatal motorcycle accidents. I was lucky enough to grow up on bikes, and am highly aware of them. So often though I see people cut them off, move into the next lane where a motorcycle is as if they don’t see them, ride up on them, u name it. It is as if they don’t even see them here, don’t get me started on failure to use blinkers. When I moved to Pensacola and changed my insurance from a area less then a hour away, my insurance doubled. I called the agent and was like I have a clean record, have been with u 23 years, why r u doubling my insurance. Her response was the amount of accidents, fatal accidents, unlicensed, uninsured drivers in this area. I thought it was crazy, til I really got a feel for the driving here. My heart and prayers go up to this incident it is a terrible thing. They need to do something about the situation here. I told my brother to never ride his bike down to see me, I wouldn’t ride a bike here if I got paid too.

  28. William Reynolds on August 16th, 2020 12:42 pm

    >>>“Properly pass?” Reports from other sources say “improperly pass.” Which is correct?

    This story says “properly” pass — that is correct.

  29. A Alex on August 16th, 2020 11:25 am

    Any witnesses besides the ones involved?
    I withhold my thoughts till I see a witnes that was actually there.

  30. Charlotte Rebecca Bates on August 16th, 2020 11:11 am

    Praying for the family and friends. I am so sorry for your loss.

  31. Shari on August 16th, 2020 10:45 am

    I am so sorry for all involved this seems like a constant tapping with motorcycles and cars. People driving cars have to be more alert with motorcycles.

  32. John on August 16th, 2020 10:27 am

    Prayers out to his family…….As a long time motorcyclist, I’ll bet you anything that Kia didn’t have his left blinker on. Sad to read about this.

  33. Angi on August 16th, 2020 10:16 am

    Prayers for these families…

  34. alan on August 16th, 2020 9:51 am

    I am going to guess the left turn signal was not on indicating the turn to the motorcycle. What a horrible way to go.

  35. Rebecca on August 16th, 2020 9:38 am

    I was on scene last night. This truly breaks my heart. Praying for the families of both involved.

  36. Justice on August 16th, 2020 9:28 am

    “Properly pass?” Reports from other sources say “improperly pass.” Which is correct?