One person dead after motorcycle crash in Bradenton

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Posted: Friday, October 25, 2013 11:14 am | Updated: 5:39 pm, Fri Oct 25, 2013.

BRADENTON – One person is dead after an accident involving a motorcycle and car in Bradenton.

It happened on Cortez Road at Palma Sola Boulevard shortly before 8 a.m. Friday.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, 21-year-old Jonathan Frye of Bradenton was headed westbound on Cortez Road when a Mercedes that was headed the opposite direction turned left in front of him.

Frye, who was wearing a helmet, struck the right side of the car and came to a rest in the intersection.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

No charges have been filed yet against the driver of the car, 89-year-old Ernest Tafflin of Bradenton, but are pending further investigation.

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  • johnlear posted at 5:41 pm on Thu, Oct 31, 2013.

    johnlear Posts: 1

    This tragic occurence and others like it could be avoided if all bikers would put strobe headlights on their bikes............... i am sure the older driver's attention would have been achieved if a strobing headlight had been in use......... i feel terribly for the young man and his friends and family............. he didn't have to die...............

  • Matilda posted at 9:45 pm on Tue, Oct 29, 2013.

    Matilda Posts: 2

    89 and still behind the wheel? Really!? He probably renews his license online and everything is great. Get these people off our roads!

  • Daisy posted at 4:22 pm on Tue, Oct 29, 2013.

    Daisy Posts: 1

    This is exactly typical of how we are at the mercy of the ignorant and the deadly inconsiderate in Florida. I ride as though I am invisible, always assuming that they don't see me. And at least with this case, no band wagon jumpers can blame it on the helmet law. Very sorry for your loss.

  • mikevandal posted at 7:02 am on Tue, Oct 29, 2013.

    mikevandal Posts: 3

    I agree,you are 100 % right they should sue State of Florida and the old cockroach !!!This old man should have been in his grave already from a long time ago not running on the road killing people!!!!

  • mikevandal posted at 11:10 pm on Sat, Oct 26, 2013.

    mikevandal Posts: 3

    RIP Jonathan !!!!!!

  • mikevandal posted at 11:09 pm on Sat, Oct 26, 2013.

    mikevandal Posts: 3

    They should lock up this elderly individual for the rest of his life period!!! Irresponsible human being,he just took a life!!! ! I bet he is very fine with having nothing on his conscience!!! I stopped by shortly after the accident occurred and I saw the arrogant face of this elderly criminal,no sign of compassion whatsoever!! He should be charged with involuntary manslaughter period!!!

  • KB_Sully posted at 9:35 pm on Fri, Oct 25, 2013.

    KB_Sully Posts: 1

    I was at the accident scene earlier. The guy was standing out by his totaled, grey Mercedes, like he was upset he was late for his golf outing. He needs to be brought up on vehicular manslaughter charges. I'm so sorry for your loss. The family should sue the state of Florida for allowing this man to have a license. How are there no charges being filed??? Please pursue this, it's a huge problem in Florida!

  • tim posted at 7:28 pm on Fri, Oct 25, 2013.

    tim Posts: 106

    ---"No charges have been filed yet against the driver of the car, 89-year-old Ernest Tafflin of Bradenton, but are pending further investigation."---

    how nice that THE STATE OF FLORIDA let this decrepit pos keep driving his mercedes until he MURDERED a kid on a motorcycle.

  • tan4512 posted at 6:43 pm on Fri, Oct 25, 2013.

    tan4512 Posts: 2

    I hate hearing, I never saw the motorcycle, people really need to pay attention when driving, not everyone in this world drives a car, now my cousin is no longer with us and have to suffer through this heart ache, so sad!!!! RIP Jonathan... We love you and miss you already....

  • tan4512 posted at 6:29 pm on Fri, Oct 25, 2013.

    tan4512 Posts: 2

    This is the article about my cousins accident, an elderly person never saw Jonathan and turned in front of him.. Now my 21 yr old cousin is no longer with his family.. People really need to pay attention when driving!!!


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