Motorcyclist Injured Tuesday Morning In Cocoa Clocked In At 110 MPH On US 1 By Police Prior To Crash
By Space Coast Daily // March 28, 2017
Thomas Hart III, 28, in hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Cocoa Police Department has announced that a 28-year-old Port St. John man is facing criminal traffic charges for causing a serious crash early Tuesday morning.
Thomas Hart III, 28, faces a charge of reckless driving with property damage for his role in the crash that sent him to the hospital for serious but non-life threatening injuries, according to Yvonne Martinez of the Cocoa Police Department.
Police say the man is also facing citations for failure to yield and failure to obey traffic control device.
At around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Cocoa Police Officer Ben Landis was conducting traffic enforcement in the area of the 1600 block of U.S. Highway 1 (between Michigan and Dixon Blvd.) when he clocked a motorcycle southbound at 110 miles per hour, according to Martinez.
Police say Officer Landis began to turn around to catch up to the driver he witnessed the motorcycle driver run a red light at Dixon Blvd. at which time the motorcycle struck the side of another vehicle heading east on Dixon attempting to turn onto Northbound U.S. 1.
The driver of the vehicle hit was not injured.
Hart was airlifted to the hospital where he is expected to recover, according to police.
Hart has a history of traffic infractions including two recent citations for careless driving in February and in November of 2016.
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ABOVE MAP: Cocoa Police were on the scene of a serious vehicle crash that involved a motorcycle Tuesday morning on southbound US 1 at Dixon Blvd.