Crash Seriously Injures Motorcyclist In Melbourne

By  //  December 19, 2012

Airlifted To Holmes Regional Trauma Center

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BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA A late afternoon crash has left a Melbourne motorcyclist fighting for his life in the hospital.

Officer James O’Byrne of the Melbourne Police Department said rescue personnel were called to the scene of an accident between a vehicle and a motorcycle at Pebble Creek Drive and Wickham Road about 5:42 p.m. Tuesday.

There officers found the motorcyclist, Curtiss Stewart Hinkell of Melbourne, 68, had sustained serious injuries in a collision with a 2010 Honda Accord driven by Billy Gene Wells of Melbourne, 30..

He was airlifted to Holmes Regional Trauma Center by the First Flight helicopter.

Hinkell was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

O’Byrne said northbound lanes of Wickham Road were closed for four hours Tuesday night as the scene was investigated by traffic officers.

A preliminary investigation indicates Wells may have turned into the path of Hinkell’s motorcycle, O’Byrne said.

Hinkell remains hospitalized and is listed in critical condition.

Wells was not injured.

The accident remains under investigation and anyone with information pertaining to this case is asked to call Officer Christopher Livingston at 321-409-2200.