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Motorcyclist Dies In Accident


By STEPHEN THOMPSON
The Tampa Tribune

TARPON SPRINGS - A 33-year-old motorcyclist was killed Sunday night when a sport utility vehicle driven by a 16-year-old girl pulled out in front of him at Keystone Road and Dogwood Trace, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Sean G. Smith, of 304 W. Northbay St., Tampa, was thrown from his motorcycle and died at Bayfront Medical Center roughly an hour after the 7:11 p.m. wreck, the patrol said.

He was wearing his helmet, the patrol said.

Smith was heading east on Keystone Road when the 2006 sport utility vehicle driven by Kelly Gordon pulled out of Dogwood Trace into Smith’s path, the patrol said.

Gordon, of 2926 Magnolia Trace, Tarpon Springs, was not injured. Neither were her two 15-year-old and one 11-year-old passengers, the patrol said.



god bless sean smith and his family.

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it amazes me how pople read one tiny article, which i might add is not at all correct and they think they know everything about the situation.People can be so naive.That sixteen year old driver is my best friend and despite the false information that people have read in this article, Kelly did look both ways before pulling out, and i can tell you this as a fact because every single witness said that there would not have been an accident if the person on the motorcycle had not been going WAY! over the speed limit. And you should also know That sixteen year old driver no matter whos fault the reck was, will have to live the rest of her life with what she wittinessed and knowing that that man died.
And some of you people are saying to charge her or even to put her in jail? to the people who said that:YOU ARE RIDICULUS!!!! AND YOU SHOULD LEARN WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED BEFORE YOU START OPENLY VOICING YOUR OPINION.
my heart goes out to both families.

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I can see what both sides are saying. but, sending a 16 year old to jail for a traffic accident is ridiculous. Also, the article does not explain the whole story. You want to send a 16 year old to jail after reading a breif 2 paragraph article? Don’t be so hard with your comments, please.

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Are we really that blood thirsty that we want tp put a 16 year old girl in jail for a traffic accident? I am not minimizing Sean’s death at all, but please people, use your heads. Think before you write because some day this may be you or yours. God Forbid. Condolences to Sean’s family and his many, many friends. As well as to the Gordon Family. I know, as do many other this is a very difficult time for all of you.

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I agree with emily and ronnie. Don’t believe everything you hear in the news, because they aren’t always right all of the time. YOU ALL need to think about this at this SIXTEEN YEAR OLDS point of view and what shes going through.

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I cannot believe you arrogant people. Unles you were actually there YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT HAPPENED. Kelly is one of my best friends and shes been driving around with me all summer long. She i a VERY cautious driver. Whoever wrote this artice cleary did not use the journalist rule of getting 3 sources because its all in favor of the motorcyclist. IF THIS WAS HER FAULT OBVIOUSLY SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN CHARGED. There were MANY witnesses who ALL claimed this was not AT ALL her fault. She is a SIXTEEN year old girl. Do you know what this would feel like. put yourself in her shoes. And don’t bother saying you would have looked both ways blah blah. She is a very responsible driver. SHE did look both ways. There WAS enough room for her to go and she DID NOT pull out in front of him. He came out of nowhere and WAS DRIVING WRECKLESSLY AND IMMENSLY SPEEDING. DOESNT MENTION THAT IN THE ARTICLE HUH? WAKE UP AMERICA? WAKE UP RICHARD. IGNORANCE.

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I met Sean Smith in 1987 but had become closest to him over the past five years. I am stunned and despondent over his death, which seems a hazy nonreality. Sadly, it illustrates both sides of the issue all too well - the false invincibility that many cyclists feel,  and the carelessness or incompetence of many drivers safe in their steel shells.

Sean’s truck had a sticker reading “Watch Out For Motorcycles.” I wish he had stayed off of motorcycles entirely. I feel no blame for either side, just aching grief for this senseless loss - and a renewed appreciation for the fragility of precious life!

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i think the girl needs to stop driving for a good while. it it was my family i would do evything possible to put her jail at least for a while, doesn’t she understand the pain she put that family through.

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Edward, you are a total moron!  “Tired of people pushing thier opinions on me”???  Does someone have a gun to your head forcing you to read others’ comments?  If you don’t like it DON’T READ IT!  DUHHHHHH!  By the way, what is a comment if not an opinion?  This is my comment and it is just my opinion.  Anyone agree?

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To many people with to many opinions. This is an accident!! Motorcycle rider dead and a 16 yr old girl that will have to live with this for the rest of her life. VERY tragic.

I am tired of people pushing thier opinions on me!! Keep them to yourself. This is for comments, NOT opinions!!

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As for there was nothing the motorcycle driver could do; yes there was. He could have been driving more defensively.  When I drive a car, knowing how other drivers are, I expect them to pull out in front of me.  I am always planning my next step if this should happen.  Many drivers have pulled out in front of me at the last second and I’ve never hit one because I look for those things. I do this knowing that my life is not on the line if there was an accident. 

The point I’m trying to make is to not be so quick to place blame.  Yes the car pulled out into traffic but it is more complicated than that.  If this was a car, nobody would care because it happens all the time. But since someone chose a more dangerous mode of transportation this turned into a tragedy but it should be treated no differently than it would if two cars were involved.

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I need to expand more on my last comment..

From the article we don’t know what happened. I personally have most likely driven past that intersection but I don’t know the speed limit there or what kind of line of sight drivers have.  What speed was the motorcycle driving?  Did the car slow down/stop before merging? Where did the motorcycle hit on the car? (that will tell us how far out the car was before he hit) was this one of those intersections where merging traffic needs to be a little aggressive or they will sit there forever waiting for an opening?  Did the driver of the car think there was enough room?  Did the driver of the car even see the motorcycle?  ......

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RONNIE HENRY:  While I agree with you that Richard Haynes’ comments are less than brilliant, what does her parents being good people have anything to do with this tragedy???

My parents always enforced the rule that I was not, as a newly licensed driver, allowed to drive or ride with others my age.  Driving is a privilege, not an extracurricular fun activity, i.e. joy riding.  The fact that you are operating a ton of metal, which can do serious damage, should be acknowledged and respected.

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Jeffrey Moellering

I apologize; I didn’t realize that you were a witness to this accident.  You should speak with the reporter so this can get into the news and clear it up for everyone.  You did witness this right?  Because you certainly sound sure of what happened.

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This tragedy is a clear cut example of something I have said for years. The most common excuse/reason given when a motorcyclist is hit is “I DIDN’T SEE HIM”. From childhood our parents tell us to watch for cars,trucks, busses. But they don’t tell us to look for motorcycles. I’m convinced that if we instill this into little kids minds when they are young, very young, we can reduce the instances of this happening.Throwing this girl in jail is rediculous thinking. While tragic, it was an accident. These two families are changed forever. God bless all of them. And please, for God’s sake people, WATCH OUT FOR MOTORCYCLES.

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Here’s the deal; we DO know what happened!  This girl pulled out into traffic and the motorcyclist T-Boned her; END OF STORY!  I’m not saying throw her in jail, but depending on the circumstances, she could be found criminally negligent.  When you are merging into traffic (All the side roads merging onto Keystone MUST yield to primary traffic), you can’t pull out until your right of way is clear!  How difficult is THAT to understand?!?!?  This girl did not pay attention, whipped out into the road, and the hapless motorcyclist slammed into her; there was nothing he could do.  There’s no “We may never know what happened”!  He had the clear right of way, there were no stop signs or lights for him, and she pulled out in front of him.  Jeezus people; get a CLUE!

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This is another weekly event in Central Florida. Horrible loss as it is
I never heard of a motorcyclist walking away while the people in the car suffered serious injuries. Bikes offer no protection PERIOD! Bikers must realize that they will lose in an accident. Normally I wouldn’t write but these remarks like jail time should be for blatant carelessness not an accident. You want to stop fatalities like this, sell your bike and buy a convertable. The fact is you be next and this is a terrible reality. I will keep both Sean and Kelly in my prayers.

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I am sadded for all those affected by this. I gave up riding a bike years ago and for just this reason. Everyone who has ever ridden for long knows the horror of someone pulling out in front of them.The split second decision to try to turn or lay it down. I now drive a truck. With 2.5 tons of metal around me it is amazing how few fail to see us.I enjoyed very much riding. However I value my life too much to ever do it again. At least in this overcrowded area.

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We may never know who was at fault. One thing for sure is that many lives were affected.

That said, people that get on a motorcycle expose themselves to injury or death from simple occurrences that happen thousands of times a day.  The difference between the accident that you see on your daily commute between 2 cars and one that involves a motorcycle is that the motorcycle accident probably involved a serious injury or death.  That is the risk that people that ride motorcycles accept (or should). Why I will never understand.  Unless you want to start throwing everyone that is involved in a car accident into jail, stop making these outrageous statements for what should happen to someone that just happened to be in an accident with a motorcycle.

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Richard…. Your an idiot

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He was a friend. He was a father.  He will be missed.  Love to his daughters, friends, and family.

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SEAN WAS A SON TO ME AS I HAVE KNOW HIM SINCE HE WAS IN GRADE SCHOOL. MY SON GREG IS HIS BEST FRIEND AND I FEEL THAT IF THIS GIRL PULLED OUT AND MADE A LEFT WHY SHE DID NOT SEE HIM COMING. YOU NORMALY LOOK TO THE RIGHT BEFORE YOU MAKE A LEFT AND EVEN IF HE WAS SPEEDING HE HAD TO BE IN EYE DISTANCE FOR HER TO HIT HIM. I FEEL SHE SHOULD BE CHARGED. SPEED SHOULD NOT BE A FACTOR. TO ME SHE WAS CARELESS DRIVING.  AND I PRAY THAT JUSTICE IS DONE. THIS IS SOMETHING THE GIRL WILL HAVE TO LIVE WITH THE REST OF HER LIFE.

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The sad part is.They will find some way to blame the biker….

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I am a friend of Kellys. You people don’t know the real story.

“Throw her in jail. Its pitiful that people do not pay attention to what they are doing and kill motorcyclists.
Give her 24 hours and she will be back on her way as if nothing happened.
Throw her in jail and clean the parents out and them some.
WAKE UP AMERICA “

Well Richard, you need to “WAKE UP” and stop believing everything you hear in the news. That was not the real story, and the details were wrong. I was recently almost in an accident where a 9 year old girl died, and the article in the paper was completely incorrect. It is not fair for you to say she needs to be thrown in jail, you don’t know her or her family, and you definetly don’t know what actually happened there. Neither does the person who wrote this article. Her parents are good people. And by the way, she is not back on her way as if nothing happened, accidents hurt everyone mentally and she will remember this for the rest of her life.

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Throw her in jail. Its pitiful that people do not pay attention to what they are doing and kill motorcyclists.
Give her 24 hours and she will be back on her way as if nothing happened.
Throw her in jail and clean the parents out and them some.
WAKE UP AMERICA

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