Motorcyclist Killed In Rear-End Crash Near Palmetto

Motorcyclist Killed In Rear-End Crash Near Palmetto

Manatee County FL – Florida Highway Patrol Reported a fatal motorcycle accident Friday afternoon near Palmetto.

The crash took places as 70 year old Richard Henry of Manatee County Florida was stopped at a traffic light on US 41 (State Road 45) driving a 2015 Nissan Pathfinder SUV just north of 39th Street East in the northbound lanes.

As Henry waited for the light to turn, 67 year old William Hardesty also of Manatee County was approaching from the rear riding a 2014 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle. For reasons unknown, Hardesty failed to stop as he rapidly approached the stopped SUV and crashed into the rear of the vehicle.

After Hardesty collided with the right rear of the SUV the motorcycle continued forward to the right where it crashed into a sign post throwing Hardesty from the motorcycle, however the vehicle continued on before finally coming to a stop in front of the Angler’s Discount Store.

Though Hardesty was wearing a helmet during the crash he died as a result of injuries sustained during the collision. Henry was not harmed in the accident.





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Education Bernard F. Walsh graduated from the University of South Florida before receiving his law degree from Cumberland School of Law in 1978. During law school, he was selected to serve as a research clerk and intern for a Federal Judge and the U.S. Attorney's Office. He was awarded The National Book Awards for Constitutional Law and Professional Responsibility during law school. Experience Bernard Walsh devoted the next three years to trial work for the State of Florida. This provided him with the opportunity to concentrate on his trial abilities, with numerous high profile trials concerning serious felony crimes. Since 1982, he has exclusively practiced personal injury law and helped accident victims in and beyond Sarasota and Manatee Counties in Florida. Mr. Walsh has been listed in Avvo, an attorney rating site, as Superb. LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell, an attorneys rating publication, has rated Mr. Walsh as very high legal ability and ethical standards. Mr. Walsh is listed in National Trial Lawyers Association as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and was inducted into Southern Trial Lawyers Association. He has also won the largest playground recoveries, one of the top three motorcycle recoveries, and the second largest daycare center recovery in the State of Florida. He is also a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum is a group of attorneys who have achieved career case successes that include multi-million dollar recoveries, settlements and/or verdicts.