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Motorcycle driver in Clearwater accident dies from injuries

CLEARWATER — The Palm Harbor teenager whose motorcycle collided with a car on Belcher Road last week, fatally injuring his passenger, died Monday of injuries he sustained in the crash.

Shay Lydon, 19, was driving his Yamaha motorcycle northbound on Belcher at about 9:50 a.m. Thursday with Angelica Hall, 18, seated behind him. He drove through a red light and collided with a Toyota Camry going west on Belleair Road, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Hall, also a Palm Harbor resident, died at the scene of the crash. Lydon was transported to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg with critical injuries.

It was the second serious accident in which Lydon was involved with Hall as his passenger in a two-month period. On March 30, Lydon was driving a Geo Prism when he pulled from a stop sign onto Curlew Road and into the path of an eastbound Dodge Ram, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

The impact of that crash was on the passenger side of the car, where Hall was sitting, the Sheriff's Office said. The car sustained heavy damage and Hall had to be extricated by rescue personnel. She was flown by helicopter from the scene of the crash with serious injuries, but eventually recovered.

Jacksonville resident Mike Milkey was in the Tampa Bay area on business last week when he witnessed the crash that killed Hall and Lydon. Milkey said his car was pulled up at the intersection of Belcher and Belleair. He said it appeared that Lydon's motorcycle never reduced speed before the collision.

At impact, he said, Hall flew straight up in the air — well above the height of the Toyota — while Lydon slammed into the car.

"It was full force — no applying brakes, no skidding, no sliding," Milkey said. "Imagine people on a motorcycle without helmets flying full force into the side of a car."

Added Milkey, "I knew there was no way that she survived, and I didn't see how he could have possibly survived."

Relatives could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

The Highway Patrol said the incident remains under investigation.

Peter Jamison can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 445-4157.

Motorcycle driver in Clearwater accident dies from injuries 05/22/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 7:59pm]
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