UPDATE: Girl Killed In Motorcycle Crash Identified

By  //  November 25, 2013

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crash at Courtenay Parkway and Taylor Road

UPDATE: NOV. 25, 2013 • 8:10 a.m.

The Florida Highway Patrol has identified JESSICA DALRYMPLE as the 13-year old girl who was killed yesterday at about 12 noon after falling off a motorcycle traveling north on Courtenay Parkway at Taylor Road near Kennedy Space Center.

This crash is still under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol.

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ORIGINAL POST: NOV. 24, 2013 • 2 p.m.

BREVARD COUNTY • MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – A 13-year old girl was killed today at about 12 noon after falling off a motorcycle traveling north on Courtenay Parkway at Taylor Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

A 13-year old girl was killed today at about 12 noon after falling off a motorcycle traveling north on Courtenay Parkway at Taylor Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

A 13-year old girl was killed today at about 12 noon after falling off a motorcycle traveling north on Courtenay Parkway at Taylor Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Jessica Dalrymple was riding on a 1994 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Michael Bowers, 67, also of Merritt Island, said the FHP.

The girl’s identity has been withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Grace Bowers, who was traveling behind Michael Bowers on a 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle, struck the rear of his motorcycle, causing both riders to fall over. Both riders were ejected and seriously injured. Neither were wearing helmets according to FHP.

Troopers are investigating the possibility that Michael Bowers struck a deer prior to the collision.

Troopers found a helmet on scene, but believe it was not being worn at the time of the crash. However, FHP will wait for confirmation from the medical examiner on whether the helmet was being worn by the 13-year old victim.

According to FHP, Grace Bowers was taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center in critical condition, and Michael Bowers was transported to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona in serious condition.

This crash is still under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol.

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