High-Speed and Alcohol Likely Factors in Fatal Motorcycle Crash
UPDATE: 10:05 P.M. – Family has released the identity of the victim and is requesting that the community visit their gofundme page to help her two surviving young children. The victim has been identified as 24-year-old Monika Elizabeth Wicks. Follow this link to help the family: https://www.gofundme.com/help-monikas-little-loves
HUDSON – Last night, RNRF reported a motorcycle crash that claimed the life of one person and left a second in critical condition.
The Florida Highway Patrol has now released a preliminary report, identifying the driver and what they say led to crash.
According to reports, 29-year-old Patrick McKinney was driving his 2003 Kawasaki motorcycle at a high-rate of speed, southbound on US-19, when he struck the rear of a pickup truck at the intersection of New York Ave. McKinney and a 24-year-old female passenger were ejected from the motorcycle. The female passenger suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. McKinney was transported to Bayonet Point Hospital where he remains in critical condition.
Officials say McKinney was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash and charges are pending.
We will update this story once the victim’s identity has been released.
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